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August 16, 2011
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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