Cricket News Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha asked to step down

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Sri Lanka’s head cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha has been asked to step down after the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh. Sources in Sri Lanka Cricket said SLC Secretary Mohan de Silva has written to Hathurusingha asking him to resign. Hathurusingha was under pressure to quit after Sri Lanka’s dismal showing in the recent World Cup.The island nation won just three preliminary round games and failed to make it to the semifinals. However, after returning to the country, Hathurusingha said he was keen to continue until the expiry of his contract, which was until the end of the next year.The 51-year-old was appointed in December 2017 after he left his job with the Bangladesh team. However, he was not able to turn around Sri Lanka’s dismal performances and the team lost 13 out of the 20 ODIs played in the run-up to the World Cup under his charge, which left them at No.8 in international rankings.Sources said Hathurusingha was expected to return to coaching Bangladesh after the sacking of Steve Rhodes by that team. Sports Minister Harin Fernando had earlier announced that he expected the entire Sri Lankan coaching staff to step down, taking responsibility for poor World Cup performance.Sri Lanka speedster Nuwan Kulasekara who has featured in over 260 International games has officially called it a day. Kulasekara, who made an instant impression in his first ODI, against England at Dambulla in November 2003, after being selected from relative obscurity has alway been skipper’s trump card.Having featured in the International set up in 2017, the future for the 37-year-old was looking slim. Sighting this, on Wednesday Kulasekara announced retirement from International Cricket. Reportedly, he requested SLC for farewell game. Sports Minister gave the green signal but selectors weren’t convinced as he hasn’t played domestic cricket for longtime. Nuwan Kulasekara announced retirement from International Cricket.Lasith Malinga is set to retire from International Cricket post first ODI against Bangladesh.Chandika Hathurusinghe was asked to quit after World Cup stint.  center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

GAA fear ‘stubborn’ Martha Bissah won’t make All Africa Games

first_imgThe Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has predicted Youth Olympic gold medalist ,Martha Bissah, may fail to qualify for this year’s All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.Bissah, whose manager complained days ago about her neglect by the association, has failed to consistently record any times close to what led her annex gold in China last year.The GAA is also debunking claims that her development has been deliberately stifled especially when it comes to securing scholarships to train abroad.A member of the GAA, Erasmus Kwaw, in an interview with Joy Sports explained how the athlete and her manager pressed the self-destruct button. “The issue of neglect doesn’t come in. We wanted Martha to go the next level, and that’s how the GAA went through its networks to find her a scholarship.”All she had to do was to bring her [senior high school exams]  results. It’s based on your results that the schools in the United States look at you. Till now, we don’t have those results.”To this end, the GAA has also projected  Martha Bissa may miss the qualification boat for  this year’s  All Africa Games. “The best she has done this year is  2m 11s. Last year when she won the 800m gold in Nanjing, she ran 2m 4s, and she needs to run that same time to qualify for the All Africa Games.” “Only last week she ran 2m 12s. The next [contentious] thing, I’m sure, that will come up for discussion is if Martha fails to qualify for All Africa Games,” Kwaw went on.Meanwhile the athletics governing body is waiting on the Ministry of Sports to release funds for their preparation with weeks to the multisport event.The 11th African Games are scheduled for September 4–19, 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo.This edition marks the 50th anniversary of the Games, as well as their return to Brazzaville, which hosted the first edition in 1965. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more