Former Nepali national cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake will remain as Bhairahawa Gladiators coach for the upcoming Everest Premier League, the franchise confirmed to cricketingnepal.
Gladiators had roped in Dassanayake for the 2020 edition which was eventually postponed due to the first wave of Corona Virus pandemic. Pubudu returned home with the tournament thrown into uncertainty before new dates were announced.
The fourth edition will now be held from September 25 to October 9 at the TU Stadium as participating franchises have begun to unveil their foreign players. Kathmandu Kings XI had confirmed the participation of former Pakistani captain and world’s most ferocious batsman Shahid Afridi.
“Pubudu Dassanayake is a big name. His presence itself is a big boost for us. Since, we had already appointed him for the postponed edition, he will be available as soon as the tournament is confirmed in coming days,” said Gladiators Operations Head Pratik Adhikari.
Gladiators are the two time consecutive losing finalists. “We are very hopeful that under Dassanayake we will go one step further and claim the title this time,” added Adhikari.
Dassanayake, who led Nepal to the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and helped the country claim three ICC titles and climb up the ladder in world cricket, is currently serving as coach of the American Minor League Cricket franchise New Jersey.