Upul Chandika Hathurusingha is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and before taking up the role of Head Coach of Bangladesh Cricket Team, was the Coach of New South Wales in Australian domestic cricket. His previous most notable coaching role saw him as the Shadow Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket Team under the then Head Coach Trevor Bayliss in 2009, a role he has taken up after spending three successful years as the Head Coach of Sri Lanka A Team.
Fondly known as Hathuru, the Colombo born 45 year old was a right-handed all-rounder who bowled medium-fast during his playing career and has played 26 Tests and 35 One Day Internationals for the Sri Lankan national cricket teambetween 1991-1999.
Mr Hathurusingha was described as “Fully possesses the forward-thinking advanced coaching methods that we look for when appointing national level coaches” by the Sri Lankan Batting Legend Kumar Sangakkara in 2010, when Mr Chandika was sacked from his role as the Shadow Coach of Sri Lanka national team by an Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket Board.
Sangakkara went on to describe him as someone with great technical and strategic knowledge with a no-nonsense approach and credited him for the success the Sri Lanka A team enjoyed during his tenure as their Head Coach.
Hathurusingha is also credited for playing an instrumental role in transforming the Sri Lankan national team cricketers like ThilanSamaraweera, ThilinaKandamby and the current test captain Angelo Mathews.
ChandikaHathurusingha is appointed as the Head Coach of Bangladesh Cricket Team for 2 years starting from June 2014 and will join Mushfiq and his boys before the three-match ODI series against India begins at Mirpur on the 15th of June.
Full name: Upul Chandika Hathurusingha
Born: September 13, 1968, Colombo
Current age: 45 years 248 days
Major teams: Sri Lanka, Moors Sports Club, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast