Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Tuesday handed over the national team cricketers, preparing for the 17th Asian Games and ICC World Cricket League Division-III, to coach Pubudu Dassanayake.
The informal handover took place at the TU Stadium in presence of National Sports Council member secretary Yubaraj Lama and CAN acting general secretary Yubaraj Lama. Dassanayake on Monday had signed a contract agreement with the government that will keep him at his job until June 15, 2015.
Dassanayake took over the team for the first time in three months but it came at the expense of chaos and uncertainties.
A series of fury had followed in the country over CAN after the cricket governing body said it was not in the financial position to afford Dassanayake. The decision was soon followed by national team skipper Paras Khadka’s facebook blast that stated that he would quit Nepal cricket if Dassanayake was not brought back.
The government intervened to hand Dassanayake a one-year extension but an intentional communication gap between Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and CAN made his arrival more uncertain. But after Dassanayake landed on August 28, MoYS and CAN buried the hatchet that ended a long saga over Dassanayake’s extension.
NSC boss Lama urged the CAN, coach and cricketers to bury whatever that turned out in the past. “Let us not live in the past. Lets take it in a positive way and assume that whatever happened was for good. The extension of Dassanayake by the government suggests a new beginning and we should move accordingly,” said Lama adding there would be added pressure now on the team and coach.
“It’s a high time now and the country expects a lot. The pressure is on the coach and cricketers to return with better results. I hope this will happen,” said Lama.
Dassanayake thanked the ministry, CAN, cricketers, media and fans for bringing him back. He also expected the stake holders to provide the cricketers with better facilities so that a better platform could be created for performance.