National cricket team Coach Pubudu Dassanayake is set to make an August 28 return to Nepal ending the uncertainty over his arrival.
Dassanayake was denied an extension by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) after his contract expired on June 30 saying it was not in the condition to afford his salary. The government then intervened to hand him a one-year extension after a widespread criticism of the cricket governing body’s stance but his arrival was not confirmed.
Dassanayake confirmed cricketingnepal.com that his arrival in Kathmandu will be on August 28, meaning he will be available for Nepal’s 17th Asian Games campaign. Though Dassanayake’s return is confirmed, the coach is still not confident of continuing his work the same way he did before his departure to Canada.
“It’s good to be back but there have been a lot of areas of concern for me. I am not sure how I am going to work. I want to sit and have talks with all the parties to assess the situation over the working environment,” said Dassanayake.
While the Youth and Sports Ministry is bypassing country’s cricket governing body in terms of Dassanayake’s re-singing, CAN has been saying that it is unaware about his return.
“We have only read about Dassanayake’s contract extension in the newspapers,” CAN acting general secretary Uttam Karmacharya said. “The ministry cannot keep us unaware about the development because Dassanayake will have to go through CAN for any international tournament,” said Karmacharya.
CAN has already made up its mind to send Dassanayake as a mentor for the Asian Games though it announced Arun Aryal as the coach of the men’s team. Aryal is currently looking after the women’s national team for the Asiad.