Nepal news March 25, 2014

Pubudu Dassanayake's term as Nepal coach extended

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pubudu Dassanayake will continue as Nepal coach for another year, after the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced it would extend his contract. The extension follows a string of encouraging results for the national team, the most recent of which was their victory over Afghanistan at the World Twenty20. Dassanayake, a former Sri Lanka Test cricketer, has coached Nepal since September 2011.

"Dassanayake has done so many good things for Nepali cricket and there was no one to go against his extension," CAN president Tanka Angbuhang told Himalayan Times. "With him, Nepali cricket could go a long way. If good results come under him, there will be extension a longer period for him."

The decision had come after a long meeting of the CAN executive committee on Monday, and the new contract includes a pay-hike for Dassanayake, as well as the promise of improved facilities. "Since the coach is leaving for Canada shortly, we first agreed to the period of extension," CAN general secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel said. "Rest of the things including the financial part can be done after he returns from Canada."

Dassanayake said he had set his sights on making Nepal the top Associate team. "I will come up with certain plans because this is the time when Nepali cricket needs to gain the momentum. We need to have a good domestic structure and proper age-group cricket so that we can be above Ireland and Afghanistan in the men's and women's cricket."

Nepal had won two of their three matches at the World Twenty20 and narrowly missed qualification to the Super 10s, with Bangladesh going through on net run rate. Their captain Paras Khadka was pleased Dassanayake received another turn, but felt the decision should have been an easy one for the board. 
"The whole of Nepal applauded his effort," Khadka told Kantipur TV. "If it was not for his vision and dedication, we couldn't have come this far, "It was very disappointing that his contract was renewed at the last moment."

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  • Android on April 2, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    good news

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Good move by CAN............................

  • prabin on March 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Pubudu sir is a 'god father' of Nepalese cricket ! he should remain National coach untill & unless he wish to stay here !!! salute to him ...

  • prabin on March 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Pubudu sir is a 'god father' of Nepalese cricket ! he should remain National coach untill & unless he wish to stay here !!! salute to him ...

  • ESPN on March 26, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Good job pubudu dassanayake and i hope you can do more result as a coach.

  • Dummy on March 26, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Dassanayake is the best coach ever in cricket history of nepal. He can bring big achievment for us. Thank you pubudu dassanayake...

  • Dummy4 on March 26, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    all changes has been possible just because of Dassanayake..i hope he brings best out of our guys in ODI too and he brings the talents on ground,nt the relatives of someone powerful people of CAN/politicians..

  • Raghavender on March 25, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    Nepal has shown good commitment..... given the time it will improve better

  • Android on March 25, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    After good performance in World Cup, Nepalese cricket news comes in International level. ......well done boys! !!!!!

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