Monty Desai, the newly appointed batting consultant of Nepali national team, and former coach of Indian Premier League outfit Rajastha Royals, feels that working with a quake-hit Nepal is going to be the key point in his short tenure.
Desai was named the batting coach of Nepal for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers and World Cricket League Championship, the two tournaments running through July 31. His appointment came at a time when Nepal are preparing in Dharamshala, India as their camps at home were not possible due to the April 25 7.9m Great Quake.
“For me it’s a big learning curve to work with those who have seen something like this happen from so close and yet gather courage to come and play. Some of them must have lost their close friends and relatives,” Desai told popular cricket website ESPNcricinfo.
“There is a huge following for the cricket team in Nepal. There will definitely be hunger and determination among players to give something back to their nation. As coaching staff, our approach will always be to keep things normal and make them believe in their abilities.”
Desai is not a new name to Nepal and had been assisting Nepali cricketers at different timeframe during several camps in India. “(Nepal head coach) Pubudu [Dassanayake] and I know each other from the time we worked with Canada during the 2011 World Cup. I have also worked closely with players like Pradeep Airee, Shakti Gauchan and also Paras Khadka when Nepal have come to India as part of some camps.”
Desai will join the team directly at the UK when Nepal begin their second phase of preparation from June 24. However, Desai said he has already begun gathering more information on Nepali players. “I am already asking questions to the players on email and studying the roles they are playing in the team. I am also looking at the overall performance throughout the year and watching videos of the players.”