Nepal news September 1, 2014

Dassanayake reappointed Nepal coach

Pubudu Dassanayake has been reappointed coach of Nepal's senior and Under-19 cricket teams, after signing a contract that extends up to June 15, 2015.

Tarini Bikram Shah, the acting president of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), had earlier told ESPNcricinfo that Dassanayake had asked for an increase in salary from $5000 to $12,000 per month. As per the new agreement, Dassanayake will receive $10,000 per month and will also be granted an additional 2,00,000 Nepali rupees towards local expenses.

The contract outlines an additional role, whereby Dassanayake will be required to provide consulting services to the Nepal Ministry of Youth and Sports in relation to the development of cricket in the country. Dassanayake will also sign a working agreement with CAN through the National Sports Council. However, he will only report to the Government of Nepal, through the secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Dassanayake, who first took over the side 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 been through turbulent times, with the players coming close to boycotting the national one-day championship over a dispute with the board. In another controversy in May, some members of CAN 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.

In March, CAN had said that 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, after which he left the country. On August 29, Dassanayake returned to Nepal after being invited by the government.

Dassanayake's first assignment on his return is the 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea later this month.

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  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    Nepal now require a high profile Indian Coach, who can provide access to Indian Cricket for Nepalese Team

  • Sooraz on September 3, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Lately, Govt. of Nepal seems little concerned about success and craze of Cricket in Nepal and that's a good sign :). However, the way the things should surmount for the constant and firm growth of cricket is still considerably nominal. The next step should be a consolidated re-arrangement in management of CAN, which is a must. Then definite structuring of domestic cricket formats so that cricketing events keep happening throughout the year from junior to senior levels. The third and very important one is timely building of proposed int'l standard cricket stadium, identifying and developing other good venues like TU grounds across the country. The fourth and the most important one is assurance to the players that they can survive playing cricket in the country, a complete financial assurance. Considering the craze and willingness by corporate business houses in Nepal, I think CAN should have been the richest sporting council in here. I wonder why CAN is not working.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    Great news for the nepalese cricket lover.Pubudu is like our family.It's really hard to imagine team without him.Coming days are really important for the nepalese cricket team.I wish our team will perform in the highest level.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 22:57 GMT

    Glad to see you back as a head coach, thanks once again for helping nepali cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    welcome coach your excellent coach for team NEPAL.. I still remember ICCT20 WC matches of NEPAL..excellent

  • King on September 2, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    I remember Dassanayake played for Sri lanka but he wasn't great with the bat. He was an average wicket keeper too. But now looks like he's turning out to be an excellent coach.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Pubudu sir plays an important role for the development of cricket in Nepal.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    Its a good decision from the government of Nepal as well as from Dassanayeke to remain as Nepal coach. He has done so much to Nepal cricket. He took us to the World t20. He is like a god for us. All the Nepalese welcome this decision.

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