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Two-day cricket is a dream come true: Dassanayake

As Nepali cricket waits for its first ever two-day tournament supposed to begin in Dhangadhi in mid-April after the completion of ICC World Twenty20, national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake is the man who will cherish the format most.

 

Dassanayake has long been longing to have the format in Nepal because he knows two-day tournament is one of the major bases for cricket’s future. When Zohra Sports Management (ZSM) launched the six franchises and its captains amidst a glittering ceremony of Nepal Premier League launching, Dassanayake couldn’t be more thankful than anyone to the organisers.

 

“The two-day format is like a dream come true for me,” said Dassanayake during NPL’s launching.

 

“This is something I have been longing to have in the domestic cricket and hopefully this becomes even bigger as time progresses. I am very much thankful to Amir (Akhtar) — Managing Director of ZSM — and Ncell for going ahead with the concept,” Dassanayake added.

 

After completing his first official assignment with the national cricket team in the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kathmandu where Nepal finished first, Dassanayake stressed on having a longer version of cricket at home and two-day format was what he was looking for. 

 

Times passed, Nepal went on to win Division-IV, Division-III, ACC Trophy Elite under him in his two-year stay but the cricket governing body remained mum during that time in regards to what Dassanayake had wanted. 

 

Finally, Dassanayake’s dream of having two-day cricket was materialised by ZSM, owned by Amir, a former cricketer himself. Dassanayake is entitled with picking up teams for the two-day, 50-over and Twenty20 format in the NPL and a graceful acceptance will always be there from him.

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