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Nepal begins hunt for new coach

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has announced vacancy for a new coach after the departure of Dav Whatmore.

The Australian had left the country after landing a job with Baroda Cricket Association for India’s premier First Class tournament Ranji Trophy.

Whatmore had already secured the Baroda job before coming to Nepal but a devastating COVID-19 outbreak in India forced an indefinite postponement of the Ranji Trophy.

CAN roped in Whatmore for an initial one year contract beginninng from January, 2021. But in August the coach announced a sudden resignation when Nepal were in Oman for a Bilateral Series against PNG and ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Series involving Oman and the USA.

The announcement meant Whatmore’s Nepal reign ended prematurely. CAN has now put a two-week window for vacancy before shortlisting the candidates for the job.

During the nine-month tenure of Whatmore, largely affected by COVID-19 outbreak, Nepal played three series in which the country won four out of six match — two against PNG and one each against Oman and USA in League 2. The victory over Oman came for Nepal in eight years.

Whatmore also led Nepal to title in the home Tri-Nation Series that included the Netherlands and Malaysia in April.

With no international fixtures scheduled for Nepal in near future, the tenure for a new coach is likely to begin from December. Nepal are mulling to host another 50-over Tri-Nation Series during that month.

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