The chief coach is not an automatic member of the selectors' panel and Hathurusingha wants this changed -- even if it means a new sports law. "I need full control and responsibility to pick the playing eleven," Hathurusingha said. "According to the sports law the coach can't get involved in selections. They are considering my request to be a selector while being the coach," added the 49-year-old. After giving up playing Hathurusingha has become a top coach, earning plaudits for pulling Bangladesh up the world rankings. Hathurusingha has also been in charge of the New South Wales team in Australia, and he said he would bring in sports psychologist Phil Jauncey who worked with him in New South Wales and Bangladesh. "I want to see him make visits from time to time to work with the players," Hathurusingha said. In 57 internationals across all three formats in 2017, Sri Lanka lost 40 and won just 14.
.@OfficialSLC cricket had a terrible 2017. In order for a better 2018, new coach Chandika Hathurusingha has taken some tough steps, including banning music in training and total selection control https://t.co/yl7nazwb6T pic.twitter.com/rY1VgizxynDecember 29, 2017