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Sri Lanka to sack coaching staff for disappointing World Cup campaign

Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and his assistants are likely to be fired following the one-day series against Bangladesh on the orders of the country's sports minister.

The decision comes in the aftermath of Sri Lanka's poor World Cup campaign which saw them return home in the first round having registered just three wins in nine games.

Sri Lanka's shock win over England was the only highlight of their lackluster performances in the tournament which also featured two washouts against Bangladesh and Pakistan.

According to an official, the island nation's sports minister Harin Fernando had desired the expulsion of the existing coaching staff before the World Cup but is now adamant they "should go after the Bangladesh tournament."

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The under-pressure Hathurusingha had last week expressed his intentions to remain Sri Lanka's coach till the conclusion of his contract.

"I have another 16 months," he told reporters in Colombo. "I hope to remain until my contract runs out."

Hathurusingha admitted the team management was at fault at what transpired during the tournament.

Bangladesh are the first touring team in Sri Lanka since the horrific Easter Sunday bombings on April 21 which accounted for the lives of 258 people earlier this year.

The ODI series between the two teams is scheduled to commence on July 26 and finishes on August 1.

A complete overhaul of the coaching staff means Steve Rixon, Jon Lewis and Rumesh Ratnayake will also be exiting from the setup as their contracts will not be renewed.

Hathurusingha was appointed as coach of Sri Lanka in December 2017 following a fruitful stint with Bangladesh.

Under Hathurusingha, they have continued to be ordinary in one-day internationals and Tests though they became the first Asian country to register a Test series win in South Africa in February this year.