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Nepal coach Dassanayake runs into contract issues

Rachna Shetty

June 5, 2014

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Pubudu Dassanayake left Nepal on Wednesday, with his future as the national team's coach in doubt. Dassanayake was approaching the end of his contract, and told the media he had not heard from the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) about a renewal.

CAN secretary Ashok Nath Pyakuryal confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Dassanayake had flown home, but added that the board is "confident" of renewing his contract.

"CAN has not communicated anything regarding my contract and I need to go home," Dassanayake told Republica. "I am not comfortable staying here without any documents. I will be putting my family at risk if I work without documents. That's why I have decided to leave.

"I leave it to CAN regarding my extension. Hopefully they will take a decision soon. However, I may not wait forever."

Pyakuryal played down the matter, saying: "Dassanayake usually travels back to his home country during the monsoon season in Nepal, as there is little cricket going on at that time. He was supposed to go at the end of June but decided to leave earlier."

An increase in Dassanayake's pay, Pyakuryal said, could be an issue, but the board is still looking to renew his contract. "We are confident of renewing his contract in June. There has been a negotiation on the amount paid and that has increased substantially, and thus the Asian Cricket Council funds might not be enough. We are looking to work these things out though and hopefully extend his contract by no less than a year."

In March, the CAN had said Dassanayake would get a year's extension to his contract. However, he was only given a three-month extension, which will run out later this month. The change in terms, Pyakuryal said, was due to the board being under investigation.

"A few months ago, he did have a discussion with the executive committee and it was agreed to extend his contract by a year. However, the board then came under an investigation by the Commission for Investigation into Abuse of Authority and as a result of such issues, it couldn't endorse the decision. His papers couldn't be arranged in time so he was given a three-month contract, which will expire this month."

Dassanayake, who had taken over in 2011, had guided Nepal through a period of success culminating in their first appearance at the World T20 earlier this year.

Since then, though, cricket in Nepal has gone through a difficult time, with the players coming close to boycotting the national one-day championship over a dispute with the board. The boycott was called off after the constitution of an advisory committee was set up, to monitor the development of cricket in the country - Dassanayake was included in the advisory committee.

In another controversy, last month, some members of CAN had filed a no-confidence motion against its president, Tanka Angbuhang Limbu, after the running of the Nepal Premier League was outsourced to a private sports management firm.

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

i feel bad for nepal and nepali cricket lovers, its shame for us in international cricket as we didnot get a proper chance for say goodbye farewell, for our beloved cricket coach.. you will be loved coach as you have given a lot of joyful moment in nepali cricket..

Posted by   on (June 6, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

Very Sad moment when he flew away by carrying our dream away from us. Plz pubudu return back. We will shout for u.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2014, 15:02 GMT)

Not a good news for Nepal. After having fruitful year looks like Nepal Cricket is in crisis. CAN has to be organised and should be mature. There is good pathway to reach to WCL within a short period of time. If Nepal can't sort out this then it will be just a history that Nepal played T20 world cup.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (June 5, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

No we can't let him go. He is the best man for the job. He has been outstanding with team. No matter if we can find high profile coach but we would never find Dassanayake. Players and supporters shall be behind you. CAN is acting very irresponsible. Let us not forget we just won hearts in World Cup. We can never underestimate the effort he put on to make the team believe. He deserve 3 years extension to take it to another step. Best wishes !!!

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