Print Edition - 2014-08-19 | Sports
Coaches unsure of roles
Aug 18, 2014-
The uncertainty over Pubudu Dassanayake’s arrival has created confusion among the coaches for the 17th Asian Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, on September 19 to October 4.
Although the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has appointed Arun Aryal as men’s team coach, he has been looking after the women’s side assuming he will be replaced in case of Dassanayake’s arrival. Nabin Singh was originally given the task of looking after the women’s team.
Dassanayake, who was ignored for contract extension by the CAN saying they were not in the financial position to afford the Sri Lankan-born Canadian, was retained by the government but the Youth and Sports Ministry is yet to confirm his arrival. “We are confused on our roles. I don’t know what actually is happening,” said Aryal.
“CAN has said that it will send only one coach for each team in the Asian Games. I have been asked to look after the girls because if Dassanayake arrives he will guide the men’s team in Asiad,” said Aryal. Coach Jagat Tamatta is currently looking after the men’s team.
The confusion among the coaches is, most probably, the outcome of the lack of communication between the Youth and Sports Ministry and CAN. While the ministry has already sent Dassanayake a formal appointment letter, CAN says it is unaware of any such development. “We have not been informed about Dassanayake’s status so far,” CAN acting General Secretary Uttam Karmacharya.
“We tried to clear the air a few days earlier but got the answer that the ministry was in a process of recruiting the coach,” he said. “So we asked Aryal to look after women’s team considering the possibility of Dassanayake’s arrival. If he comes, Dassanayake will join the team as mentor.
Published: 19-08-2014 09:45