Dassanayake assumes office

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 2, 2014-

National cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake on Tuesday took over the national team for the first time in three months. After signing the official one-year contract agreement with the government on Monday, the National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama handed over the national team members to Dassanayake at the TU Stadium. The national team is preparing for the 17th Asian Games and ICC World Cricket League Division-III.

Dassanayake, whose arrival in Nepal was uncertain despite the government offering a one-year extension, landed in Kathmandu on August 28 after Ministry for Youth and Sports (MoYS) and Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) settled the confusion over his role. MoYS and CAN sat for talks on the day the coach arrived in Kathmandu to clear all confusions.

Member secretary Lama said it was now time to move ahead and leave the past behind. “I see the entire process (Dassanayake’s extension) from a sportsman’s perspective. The issue has turned around for the good of cricket. It was nice that the ministry chose to discuss the matter with the CAN through NSC to end uncertainty,” said Lama.

“Dassanayake’s presence has been a necessity for Nepal cricket,” said Lama indicating towards the success that Nepal achieved in recent times under the coach.

“It is good that the CAN leadership and ministry acknowledged the situation to end the uncertainty. To see Dassanayake being recruited by the government is a new beginning. It could establish a good culture as the state is gradually showing more interest in sports. The expectations now will be even higher on the team. I wish them all the best,” added Lama.

Dassanayake said it was now time for his team to accept the challenges and give their best. “The next six months are very important period for us because we have big tournaments (Division-III and Division-II) coming. The whole country wants us to see in Division-I and we know that we can do it,” said the coach.

The Sri Lankan-born Canadian thanked the MoYS, NSC and CAN for initiating to hire him back and hoped that the concerned authorities will provide better platform to perform. “Its not going to be easy for us without a proper platform,” added the coach.

“We are looking forward to a better facilities from the authorities in coming days which will enable us to prepare better for upcoming events.” CAN Acting General Secretary Uttam Karmacharya said Dassanayake has already taken over the team and the cricket governing body will sign another agreement with him on Sunday.

Published: 03-09-2014 09:28

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