Pubudu Dassanayake appointed as head coach of Nepal men’s team


Kathmandu: The Nepal Cricket Association on Saturday announced that Pubudu Dasnayake has been appointed as the head coach of the men’s national team.

Dasanayake will follow in Dave Whatmore’s footsteps when he steps down in September. The former Australian cricketer took this decision after the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 match against Nepal in Oman. Acting Secretary – Prashant Bikram Malla and Treasurer – Roshan Kumar Singh, General Manager – Raunak B. Malla, and Cricket Manager – Binod Kumar Das, unanimously selected Pubudu Dasanayake as the head coach of the men’s cricket team.

“CAN had invited applications for the post of Head Coach (Men) on 18 October and a total of 60 applications were received. 7 candidates were shortlisted for interview by the Coach Recruitment Committee, after which Dasanayake’s name was recommended to the Board. This decision of the coach was officially endorsed to the Recruitment Committee by virtual board meeting this morning,” the statement by CAN read.

Pubudu Dasanayake, Head Coach (Men’s Team) said: “I am just satisfied and blessed that I have got an opportunity to work with the Cricket Association of Nepal. I am hopeful that I will now be able to take Nepal Cricket to a greater height. Because we have immense talent not only at the senior level but also at the junior level.”

“I would like to thank the Nepal Cricket Association and the entire management for providing this wonderful opportunity to the cricket fans of Nepal,” he said.

Dasanayake was previously with Nepal from 2011 to 2016, guiding them from Division Four of the World Cricket League (WCL) to Division One, the WCL Championship. He also took the team to their first major ICC tournament, the 2014 T20 World Cup.

First published:December 12, 2021, 3:57 am

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