National team coach Pubudu Dassanayake talked exclusively to cricketingnepal.com from Canada and said he felt honoured to win the Pulsar Sports Award.
“I did with all my heart for Nepali cricket and I feel honored when its appreciated. I give full credit to all my players. They have done so much of hard work,” Dassanayake said, a day after Nepal Sports Journalists Forum (NSJF) declared Dassanayake as the best coach of the country.
Dassanayake was almost a unanimous selection for the juries following the fine results he produced for Nepal last year. Nepal have so far not returned empty handed from any international 50-over tournament with Dassanayake being a major force behind the team’s success.
On Paras lifting the Male Player of the Year for the second time, the coach — who is currently in Canada — couldn’t stop himself praising his best man in the team.
“Paras is the best leader in associate level. He has led the team on and off the field at the best. I hope this award will motivate him to take Nepal cricket in to next level,” said Dassanayake. Paras-led Nepal landed home their first ever ACC Trophy from Dubai in October after sharing the title with hosts UAE. It was a tournament where Paras was the leading run getter with 291 runs and picked up nine wickets.
Paras stroked 207 runs and picked up four wickets to take Nepal into the ACC Twenty20 final for the first time in history in front of the home crowd. Paras was declared the man-of-the-series in ACC Twenty20 where Nepal finished second losing to Afghanistan.
Dassanayake was committed to maintain his working standards and do better in coming years. “Its my dream too to take Nepal in to a world cup. I will do everything to make it happen,” added the coach.