The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday named Upul Chandika Hathurusinghe as the national team's Head Coach. The former Sri Lanka Test batsman has agreed a two-year term. Hathurusinghe is expected to take over the head coach's responsibility ahead of the three-match ODI series against India next month. Hathurusinghe replaces Shane Jurgensen, who quit after the ICC World Twenty20 that Bangladesh hosted in March-April.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan said the experience and vast knowledge of the new head coach will be extremely beneficial for the Bangladesh players: "We had been on the lookout for someone of similar profile to take over the role of the national team coach. He has a strong background in coaching international standard teams and his understanding of different conditions and cultures will be very helpful."
BCB Acting CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said: "The Board had acted on the recommendations of the committee formed to nominate the national coach and we would like to thank the members for their effort. The Bangladesh team has a busy and demanding schedule over the next two years and we hope that in the capable hands of Hathurusinghe the team will continue to develop and will see success."
Hathurusinghe, 45, began his cricket coaching career in 2005. He is a Cricket Australia and ECB Level 3 qualified coach with substantial international and first-class coaching experience. He is currently the coach for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and an assistant coach for New South Wales 'Blues'.
A consultant coach for Canada in the 2011 World Cup, Hathurusinghe, between 2006-2010, was batting-cum-shadow coach to the Sri Lanka team for a period of 18 months and prior to that the head coach of the Sri Lanka A Team for three years. This followed a two-year stint as the head coach for the UAE National Team and several club-level coaching assignments in England, Sri Lanka and Australia.