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Friday, 30 September 2011

New cricket coach for Nepal Dassanayake arrived

Seeking new challenges and opportunities, the new cricket coach Pabudu Dassanayake arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday. Dassanayake’s first assignment will be the ACC T20 Cup which will be hosted by Nepal in December.

The top four teams of the tournament will get to participate in the World Cup Qualifiers which will be held in UAE in March.
This at the moment is his contract and is extendable depending on the consent of both the parties.
Dasanayake, who had guided Canada to the World Cup this year, said his immediate target is to book Nepal’s berth in the ACC T-20 Cup semi-finals.
“Getting to the semi-final will ensure we get to play the World Cup qualifiers which is what I want to concentre on right now.”
He had heard a lot about Nepal and the raw talent here. That according to him was the reason he decided on Nepal as it was the perfect challenge he was looking for.
“I like challenges and converting the raw talent of which I had heard so much was the reason I chose Nepal,” he said.
His six month contract is until March when the World Cup Qualifiers will be held.
The preliminary close camp for the preparation of the ACC T-20 will begin after Dashain were the senior players as well as some of the U-19 boys will be trained.
He is the second Sri Lankan to take the role of the coach in Nepal. Fellow countryman Roy Luke Dias whom he succeeded had been with the team for almost a decade.

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