The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Tuesday said coach Pubudu Dassanayake can join the national team for the 17th Asian Games despite not being in the squad for the regional meet that begins from September 19 to October 4.
“We have to send the list for accreditation process for any tournament before one month. When we prepared the first list, Dassanayake was not here and his contract had already expired,” said CAN’s acting general secretary Uttam Karmacharya.
Though CAN decided not to retain Dassanayake as the coach after his contract expired on June 30, the government had decided to hand him a one-year extension on its own expense on July 1. Karmacharya said Dassanayake can join the team if government brings him to Nepal earlier.
“If the government lands Dassanayake before the Asian Games then he can be with the team in South Korea,” said Karmacharya who also added: “But he cannot take the responsibility of the coach for the games. He can be there in some other position.”
Karmacharya also said that the government has to go under process if it wishes to send Dassanayake to South Korea. “This is a very confusing situation. The government so far hasn’t told us officially that Dassanayake has been given a contract extension,” Karmacharya told cricketingnepal.com.
“The government has to inform us officially and let us know when Dassanayake will be here so that we will be able to begin the process for his departure to South Korea,” he said. Arun Aryal has been named the coach in place of Dassanayake for the Asian Games.