The uncertainty over the arrival of national cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake finally ended on Thursday with the Sri Lankan-born Canadian lading at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
Dassanayake’s arrival was on limbo despite the government intervening to hand him a one-year contract following the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) decision of not retaining him due to bankruptcy after his contract expired on June 30.
The government, in an active involvement from the Youth and Sports Ministry, though poured water over the fire that had burnt after CAN decision, Dassanayake’s return was uncertain after the cricket governing body said it is unaware of the government decision. Youth and Sports Ministry, which was then in loggerheads with the CAN had been deciding to stay mum regarding Dassanayake’s arrival.
Recently, Ministry Joint-secretary Ram Bahadur Hamal confirmed that Dassanayake will be back on Thursday but the confusion over the coach’s role is yet to clear out. Dassanayake was not in the position to accept everyone thing single-handedly when he was querried by journos at the TIA.
“Its up to the Ministry now to give my path on how I am going to work. I don’t want to get into any controversy,” Dassanayake said. “I am not going to touch anything until the Ministry clears my path. I hope everything clears out soon,” said Dassanayake adding he has been asked by the Ministry to take the job for the 17th Asian Games which is starting from September 19 in Incheon, South Korea.
“I don’t know everything in details. I am going to meet the Ministry officials on Friday and assess the situation.” At the arrivals section of the TIA that was lit up by the presence of national team stars, there was neither the presence of CAN officials nor Ministry representatives.
Although the CAN has appointed Arun Aryal as the coach of the men’s team for the Asian Games, Dassanayake can still look after the team as acting general secretary Uttam Karmacharya of the cricket governing body has said he can look after the team as a mentor.