Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha believes that his stint with Bangladesh will hardly have any major impact in the tri-nation series as the hosts are well aware of the way he operates. Hathurusingha believes that with so much cricket being played these days, almost every individual is aware of the other.
“I don’t think so,” Hathurusinghe told reporters at Mirpur on Sunday (January) when asked if his experience with Bangladesh would hand Sri Lanka an advantage in the tri-series. “There’s a lot of information available in cricket these days. The players know each other very well. They also know how I plan and think, so there’s no real advantage.”
Hathurusingha, under who Bangladesh made rapid strides, across both formats, commended that the hosts have been strong at home and will offer stiff resistance to Sri Lanka. “They have been very, very strong at home. We haven’t lost a series, one series, in the last two and half years. When I say we, I mean Bangladesh. They have been [playing] good cricket in ODIs. They know their roles and game plan well. It is a big challenge for any team to play here.
“I think it is very challenging for us. Bangladesh has been really competitive at home lately. It will be a big challenge for us,” Hathurusingha added.
The former coach of the hosts also pointed out that Bangladesh were no longer dependent on one or two particular players, and had it in them to cross the line even if the big names didn’t click. “You can’t judge Bangladesh team with one or two players. They are important players but it doesn’t mean that it is a one or two-player team.”
Ever since Hathurusingha tendered his resignation, he hasn’t been a popular man in the country with all and sundry thronging him for the reason behind his decision. However, he refrained from divulging any information on the same.
“Unfortunately I am not going to go into details about my professional commitment or my dealings with BCB. So I can’t answer that.”