SLC to terminate coach Hathurusingha’s contract, finally

Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to terminate Chandika Hathurusingha's contract as head coach, while Hathurusingha has moved for compensation through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), following months of deadlock, ESPN reports.

Although SLC had suspended Hathurusingha as far back as August last year, they had continued to pay him for several months, while lawyers traded letters and the board sent Hathurusingha a list of alleged failings as head coach. The charges levelled by SLC include failure to adequately prepare the Sri Lanka side for various assignments, and failure to maintain good relationships with players. The board has finally resolved to terminate Hathurusingha's contract, but the possibility that they will have to pay Hathurusingha a substantial amount for early termination remains. His contract was due to run until December this year.

"At the last executive committee meeting, on Friday, it was decided that the contract would be terminated," board CEO Ashley de Silva told ESPNcricinfo.  "I can't say by memory when we stopped the payments to [Hathurusingha], but I believe it was somewhere around October last year."