Sri Lanka's fired cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha demands compensation of $ 5 million

COLOMBO: Fired Coach Chandika Hathurusingha has demanded $ 5 million in compensation from Sri Lanka Cricket about the premature termination of his contract, an official said on Sunday.

The former star and test coach of Sri Lanka made the claim after the two sides failed to agree on the terms of its termination last summer.

He has sent a letter of demand asking for $ 5 million, board secretary Mohan de Silva told AFP.

Details were not immediately available, but the Sunday Island newspaper said that Hathurusingha had sought his full salary for the remaining 18 months of his contract, which amounted to just over a million dollars.

He also claimed that his reputation as an international coach suffered as a result of what he called the illegal termination.

His claim of $ 5 million includes damages, as well as the salaries that, according to him, are owed.

The board had been willing to pay only six months of salary as compensation, the island said, adding that the coach received a net salary of $ 60,000 a month at the time of termination.

After the disappointing World Cup in Sri Lanka, where they finished sixth, Hathurusingha and his assistants were shown the door.

The then sports minister, Harin Fernando, insisted that Hathurusingha received an overpayment and accused him of not producing results.

Fernando said that Sri Lanka could have hired a foreign coach at half the price paid to Hathurusingha.

Sri Lanka has carried out a major renovation of the national team by appointing South African Mickey Arthur as head coach in December.

Former Zimbabwe Test Player Grant flower He has been named new national batting coach, Australian David Saker was named bowling coach, while Shane McDermott was responsible for field training.

The board has not discussed the terms of its two-year contracts.