Oman news August 16, 2011

Roy Dias to coach Oman

ESPNcricinfo staff

Roy Dias, the former Sri Lanka batsman, has confirmed he will take over as Oman's coach. Dias, who played 20 Tests and 58 ODIs in the eighties, has plenty of experience supervising upcoming nations, having spent the past decade in charge of the Nepal team.

"I am eagerly waiting to take charge of the Oman national team. The exact terms [of the agreement with Oman Cricket] are being worked out. But as of now, my immediate assignment is to get the team ready for the ACC Twenty20 Cup, which will be played in Nepal in December," Dias told Muscat Daily. "Once I take charge, I would like to get the boys to undergo a proper camp in Nepal in the build-up to the ACC tournament."

Oman won the ACC Twenty20 Cup in 2007, and progressed enough to make it to the qualifying tournament for the 2011 World Cup. However, they fared poorly in that event, finishing 11th to be relegated to the third division of the ICC's World Cricket League.

Dias, 58, said he was familiar with Oman cricket since he had watched the team in various competitions during his time as Nepal coach. "Coaching in Nepal is quite different from coaching in Oman, I am well aware of it. But I will focus on the system that I work in - training the national team while working on building a solid supply line.

"I focus a lot on junior cricket, that's where you get good cricketers from, who you can groom. I tried this method in Nepal. I focused on age-group cricket, and over the years the country began shining in tournaments."

Oman Cricket is expected to formally announce Dias' appointment next month.

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  • Samapth on August 18, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Congratulations Roy sir.Our people does not know your value and the ability.They may know it once Nepal youth and Oman youth beat Sri Lanka youth .During last Asian games it was nearly to be happened. Still our blind cricket board have other ideas.It is unfortunate to miss your service to our talentd youth cricketers.Better to serve your ability to people realy appriciate it and willing to obtain it.Good luck.

  • Dummy4 on August 18, 2011, 0:03 GMT

    @ Jashanpreet Singh Gill: Mate, Yes we are South Asia's C team and you know what, We fancy a chance to beat INDIA in current situation.

  • indy on August 17, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    @Chandu - Sudu putha thinks SL team is too good to have a local coach. We only want coaches from Mighty Australia. SL coaches are good only for those small nations in cricket..PLS get Shane Warne as the coach...

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    All the best Dias sir! Hope under your able guidance, Oman would soar further!

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    He h is the Hero f Development Of Cricket in Nepal !!!! GOOD LUCK ROY !!!! We never forget your Efforts to Develop Nepali Cricket!!

  • chandana on August 17, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Isn't he interested in coaching SL? Or is it the powers that be in SLC dont want a local coach? WIth Dias as batting coach and Rumesh as bowling coach SL can go far in the future.

  • Dummy4 on August 17, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Best of luck to Oman team. Hope Roy Dias is able to make the team of Omani's and Omani's youngsters rather than a South Asian C Team

  • Maheshwar on August 17, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    Dias did a very good job in Nepal. He is the main factor for any development of cricket in Nepal. I wish him success in Oman as well

  • michael on August 16, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Let's hope Roy Dias can make Oman one of the best affiliate nations and can perform well in the ACC Twenty20 cup held in Nepal under his experienced guidance

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