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Nepal to advertise for new national team coach

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Monday said it will look for new coach of the men’s national team through advertisement.

The position has been vacant for a long period after Umesh Patwal left the job following Nepal’s first round matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 at home in February this year. Nepal had hosted the USA and Oman in the Tri-Series where the hosts won both matches against the Americans but lost the remaining two against the emerging gulf nation.

Issuing a ‘late night’ press release, CAN said it will hire Head Coach, General Manager, Finance Manager and Cricket Manager after publishing an advertisement. The cricket governing body said it will consult with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and announce an advertisement for the four jobs.

The coaching job was linked with Lalchand Rajput who is currently looking after the Zimbabwean side but the CAN said it was only involved in an informal talk with the Indian coach and was never approached formally.

We never talked with him (Rajput) formally because he was still under Zimbabwe cricket contract. He was supposed to talk about his renewal and agreed to stay with Zimbabwe, informed CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand. “We want a coach who knows the Associate cricket very well.”

CAN also decided to publish job fulfillment notice of in all the seven provinces and appointed six ground staffs at the Mulpani cricket ground. The Working Committee meeting of CAN will also be recruiting pitch curators in Pokhara, Bhairahawa and Birgunj.

While the Corona Virus had also forced postponement of CAN’s AGM which will now will be held before October 1. CAN also appointed Bikram Nyaupane as a permanent physiotherapist of the senior national team and handed him the responsibility of coordinating and managing the things concerning the team until next decision is taken. It also formed a Women’s Cricket Development committee under CAN central committee member Jayanti Bhatta. The new women’s committee is subject to be extended.

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