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Dassanayake leaves, extension still unsure

National cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake on Wednesday left for Cananda with his status on extension remaining suspense to everyone, thanks to the controversies surrounding the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).

Dassanayake’s contract is expiring on June 30 but CAN has been indifferent towards his extension engulfed in its own dispute and controversies. CAN has remained silent over the extension of Dassanayake who was frustrated by the undertaking from the cricket governing body.

The man who took Nepali cricket to another level was treated in a worst possible way when he was handed a three-month extension in April 29 despite the central committee of the cricket governing body agreed on a one-year extension.

Already frustrated, Dassanayake expected CAN people to talk about his extension but after no one showed up, he forced to consider future due to utter humiliation.

Dassanayake guided Nepal to the ICC World Twenty20, Division-IV, Division-III and ACC Trophy Elite titles apart from a historic final spot in the ACC Twenty20. However, the unprecedented achievements seem to be carrying no meaning to the cricket governing body. A lot of things have changed within the cricket governing body since the time it handed the one-year extension to Dassanayake who left for his home in March after his agreement with the working committee.


National team cricketers staged a revolt against CAN’s working ways under skipper Paras Khadka that dragged the officials to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA). It was soon followed by the controversy over NPL leading a separate faction to appear public announcing a plot to oust President Aangbuhang from his post.

Dassanayake was sandwiched between the controversies surrounding Nepali cricket that led to the frustration. Blamed for most of the things that has gone against CAN, the coach has already given up his fight that has been against a fake system.

CAN has neither given him a farewell nor assured his services will be sought in the near future. Ashok Nath Pyakuryal, general secretary of the cricket governing body, said CAN is not against his extension.

“At the current situation, CAN is not in the financial shape to make any kind of deal with the coach. There have been lot of controversies and every decision might not seem valid. We have told him that we will get back to him once the things are settled down,” said Pyakuryal.


Though Dassanayake himself is unsure about his future, Nepali cricket for the time being is running with probably the toughest phase just two months after it made a historic appearance in the ICC World Twenty20 – a stage that Dassanayake set for the country.

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