With the problems in the cricket governing body and his own existence in doubt, national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake promptly said his focus will remain on the next four months that is going to be crucial for Nepali cricket.
After the 17th Asian Games concludes in Incheon, South Korea on Ocotber 4, the national cricket team will probably head for Uganda to compete in the ICC World Cricket League Division-III and if they get through it, they will be playing Division-II to be held in Division-II fromJanuary 17-24.
The two tournaments will not only catapult Nepal into Division-I but also determine the direction of Nepali cricket for the next three years with Dassanayake primarily focusing on both.
“The Division-III and Division-II tournaments are the most important period for Nepali cricket and if we miss on our plans, we will go behind for at least another next three years. So we need to put everything into it for the next couple of months and get to Division-II,” said Dassanayake.
“We are going to be one of the best teams in Division-III. I am confident to get through it. But Division-II is going to be a completely different thing. It has been a big worry for me because we will get to play against Netherlands, Kenya, Namibia and Canada”
“The four teams have been playing ODIs (one-day international) for the last four to five years. Everyone has to raise their levels and we need some special programmes for it.”