Nepal news August 29, 2014

Dassanayake in line to resume as Nepal coach

Pubudu Dassanayake oversaw Nepal's campaign during the World T20, where they won two of three matches © Kaushal Adhikari

Pubudu Dassanayake, the former Nepal coach, has returned to the country on invitation from the government for the first time since leaving in early June over issues with his contract.

In March, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) had said Dassanayake would get a year's extension. However, due to the board being under investigation, he was only given an additional three months, which ran out in June.

The government had intervened in early July and extended the contract without any official communication to the CAN. There was further confusion when CAN's press release on July 22 announced Nepal's team for the 17th Asian Games with Arun Aryal as the coach.

"I have returned to Kathmandu on the basis of an invite from the Sports Ministry of Nepal and have not received any communication from the CAN," Dassanayake said.

"I understand that the Sports Ministry and the CAN have been in talks prior to my arrival here and there is also a meeting between the two parties scheduled for tomorrow where they will discuss my appointment."

Dassanayake believes, based on discussions with the players, that things will "cool down" and that he will be appointed as the head coach. "I was asked to return to Nepal as soon as possible, so I assume that the CAN and the Sports Ministry will make every effort to reach an expeditious consensus about my working environment, designation and scope of functions."

Dassanayake may be assigned other responsibilities in addition to being appointed coach of the Nepal team. "Based on my discussions with the Sports Ministry, I expect to perform a dual role as a Consultant to the Ministry as well as a coach of the national cricket team," he said. It is still unclear whether Dassanayake's role as consultant will cover sports other than cricket as well.

Nepal's next international assignment is the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea next month. "While nothing is official at this point, I expect to travel with the team as the head coach for the Asian Games in Korea," Dassanayake said. "Since Arun Aryal has already been appointed as the coach for the Asian Games, it is possible that he will also travel along with the team."

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • Dimash on August 31, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Nepal has a very good prospect in cricket. The fan following here is immense...undoubtedly the best amongst all the non-test playing nations and even far better than some of the test playing nations. The final match between Nepal and Afghanistan in 2013 ACC Twenty20 cup witnessed record breaking spectators (35,000+) at the small TU ground (capacity:20,000) though media reported some 28,000 to 30,000 spectators in terms of tickets sold. But there were as many supporters who were there without tickets. I was also there to witness that match live and could hardly find a place to even stand properly. Such is the craze for cricket in Nepal. The only point I'm trying to make is...if ICC really wants to promote cricket in non-test playing nations, their investment is guaranteed here in Nepal.

  • Sooraz on August 31, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Dimash Ji thank you for your supportive opinion. Yes of course, if we do not deliver this time in Div-3 and then in Div-2, Nepal Cricket shall go 3 years backward. Therefore, we must focus primarily on arrangement affairs in CAN. Ministry of sports has announced formation of new cricket board in place of CAN.However, coordination has be to made within existing laws of the country rather than fighting for personal interests. I recommend assigning responsibility of CAN to new visionary management team who have every cricketing senses. It's very crucial time when charm for cricket in Nepal is at its extreme that all issues related with management of CAN and many others have to be settled for the betterment of Nepali Cricket. With this I also request ACC & ICC not to stop theirs grants..this has also created a lot of financial problems for CAN.

  • Dimash on August 31, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Most of the players went to airport to receive him...which shows how much he means to the Nepalese cricket team. Really happy to get him back once again as coach. But it's really sad that the government had to intervene to bring him back. If cricket is to prosper here in Nepal, CAN should be the most powerful authority to decide upon the fate of the Nepalese cricket...and for that to happen, we need some good visionary managers in CAN as mentioned by @Sooraz1985.

  • Sooraz on August 31, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    The basics are already clear that Dassanayake has been very crucial in growth of Nepal Cricket in recent times. His contributions so far have been praiseworthy enough. At the same time, he has proved to be a fantastic leader to Nepal Cricket Team showing better avenues for improvement of overall cricket here in Nepal. The only issues are with operations of CAN. What we need are good visionary managers who have very good cricketing sense in CAN. We wish best of luck for team Nepal for upcoming ASIAD in Korea.

  • Dummy4 on August 29, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    Obviously he can do something better for the rising nepalese cricketers. Hope he will be appointed as a head coach.

  • Satish on August 29, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Finally some good news and hope he helps us do well at Asian games.

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