Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are on the verge of signing former Test cricketer Chandika Hathurusingha as the Head Coach of the Sri Lankan team, reports Cricbuzz.
The 49-year-old will arrive in Colombo next week to meet officials and he is expected to take over after the ongoing series in India.
“We are happy that everything is working out well. He will arrive in Colombo next week and we can take things forward once he comes,” said a prominent SLC official.
“The Ex-Co approved his engagement and we have now sent the draft of the contract to his lawyers. We are almost through and we are delighted,” the official added.
In October, Hathurusingha forwarded his resignation to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to step down as the head coach of Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka are without a head coach since Graham Ford quit in June. SLC had shortlisted former Australian cricketers Geoff Marsh and Jason Gillespie for the role, but once Hathurusingha became available, the board went back to their former ‘A’ team coach.
Ironically, Hathurusingha’s first assignment as Sri Lanka head coach will be against Bangladesh next year.