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USA hires Dassanayake as cricket coach

The United States of America (USA) has recruited former national cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake as its new head coach.

Dassanayake, a popular figure in Nepal, is indebted for heralding a new era of Nepali cricket having guided the tiny Himalayan nation into 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. It has been the only biggest achievement so far in country’s sporting history.

Under Dassanayake, Nepal made a giant stride in world cricket, leaping to ICC World Cricket League Championship from ICC World Cricket League Division-IV.

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to coach the USA, especially at what is an exciting time for USA cricket. I believe there is a great deal of talent here, it will just require hard work from everyone involved to get the best out of these players and hopefully see US cricket progress to higher honours,” Dassanayake told the International Cricket Council.

“Our initial focus is on preparing the senior team for the WCL Division 4 event in LA next month. That is the first step on what I hope will be a successful journey,” added the former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper. Dassanayake had also guided his new home country Canada into the 2007 World Cup that was held in the West Indies.

Dassanayake last looked after the Nepali cricket team during its 50-over bicentenary game against Marylebone Cricket Club at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 19. Dassanayake was appointed as the team manager for Nepal’s tour.

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