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."