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Dassanayake signs 6-month extension

The national cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake on Tuesday signed a six-month extension with the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in a move that ended the uncertainty over the Sri Lanka-born Canadian’s stay in Nepal. Dassanyake, who was hired by the government for a one year contract that was to expire on July 15, will now remain in Nepal until December 31, 2015. Dassanayake signed the contract hours before the national team left for England for a seven-week preparation camp ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of CAN, held last Friday and Saturday had already decided to give Pubudu the continuity as the country’s coach.The government had hired Dassanayake at its own expense on June 15, 2014 after the cricket governing body said it was bankrupt and was not in the position to afford the coach’s salary. But with his one-year contract with the government closing an end, his stay in Nepal was thrown into uncertainty. The government had also not its view regarding the extension. CAN Acting President Deepak Koirala on Saturday had said that it is now in the position to afford Dassanayake until December. Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has been sending CAN the amount for coach’s salary but since the regional cricket governing body will shut down at the end of the year, CAN will now have to look for its own resource to hire a coach.

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