We have a contract with him until World Cup 2019. We are confident he will stay up to that period.: BCB President © Getty Images

We have a contract with him until World Cup 2019. We are confident he will stay up to that period.: BCB President © Getty Images

Bangladesh’s cricket authorities expressed confidence on Sunday (July 2) that Chandika Hathurusingha, the national head coach, would see out his contract despite interest from his native Sri Lanka.

“Anyone can want him as coach, but we have not spoken to him about (Sri Lanka),” Nazmul Hassan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president, told reporters in Dhaka.

“We have a contract with him until World Cup 2019. We are confident he will stay up to that period.”

His comments came after Sri Lankan media revealed that Sri Lanka Cricket are in “discussion” with the former opening batsman to take over the side following the resignation of Graham Ford, the South African.

Ford stepped down in late June, halfway through a 45-month contract and just two weeks after the team’s early exit from the Champions Trophy.

Nic Pothas, the fielding coach, is in interim charge of the team that is currently playing a home series against Zimbabwe.

Thilanga Sumathipala, the Sri Lanka Cricket chief, said Pothas was being considered for promotion to permanent head coach while the cricket board has had several other expressions of interest over the job.

”Those interested in the high profile position included Sri Lankans,” he told AFP last week.

Under Hathurusingha, Bangladesh have made big strides in world cricket and reached the semifinals of the Champions Trophy in England.