“There’s no tension with any of the players with me,” Hathurusingha said. “I actually enjoy [rivalry]. It is one thing that I drilled into the players when I was coaching Bangladesh: to stand up to any opposition and play with a lot of passion. I was really proud inside the other dressing room how they played the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup after that.
“I don’t think it (working with senior players) is going to be a challenge. I have spoken to all the senior players. Everybody is focused on one thing: team is No 1. Everyone wants the team to do well. Even in my last time, I didn’t face challenges with any of the players.”
“When I was thinking of taking this job, I had the big picture in mind. I see a lot of potential in developing the local coaches. I want to help set up the system”
“I am asking you, what is home advantage?” he said. “What sort of wicket we get when we go to New Zealand? What does Australia or England do when we go there? What is India doing at home? We will try to manage with what we have in overseas. If we don’t have missiles, how do you fight? We have to fight guerilla war, isn’t it? We can’t battle them with little guns at home. If we don’t have ammunition, we can’t do it.
“We can develop those players, so eventually we have enough. They did well in South Africa and New Zealand. Ebadot [Hossain] and [Najmul Hossain] Shanto went to New Zealand when I was here, as development players. They are now doing well. It takes time. We need to take home advantage. Every country is doing it.”
Chandika Hathurusingha: ‘Transition period’ motivated me to come back
Hathurusingha also said that his biggest motivation to return was the challenge of coaching Bangladesh through their “transition period”, starting from the 50-over World Cup scheduled in India later this year.
“I think we are in a transition period in the next two or three years,” he said. “A lot of the senior players have done really well for Bangladesh cricket. They are going to be remembered as a really good generation. Other side is the really good young players coming through. To be part of that kind of challenge has always motivated me to come back.
“Back of my mind, I wanted to come back someday. But then, during the T20 World Cup, when I met president and some of the officials, we discussed a few things. I thought it was the right time to come with the 50-over World Cup coming up. I thought it would be too late if I came after the New South Wales (where he worked as assistant coach) season. So I thought this is the right time to come. As soon as the Big Bash ended, I decided to come.”
Hathurusingha also said he wants to give back to Bangladesh cricket by developing local coaches.
“When I was thinking of taking this job, I had the big picture in mind. Last time when I came here, I had to prove a lot of people and myself that I can do the international job. I didn’t know what I was coming into. This time I know a lot of things about how Bangladesh cricket works. I know about myself. I am much more experienced.
“I see a lot of potential in developing the local coaches. I want to help set up the system. With (BCB head of programmes) David Moore coming before me, I want to suggest about development areas of the next generation. It is not only me trying to win games for Bangladesh. It is my main aim. I want to give something back, and leave something behind.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
(With Inputs from ESPN)
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