Govt signs Dassanayake as head coach

From left, Sports Secretary Dipendra Nath Sharma and National Sports Council Member-Secretary Yuvaraj Lama watch as Chuda Mani Poudel, Joint-Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and Pubudu Dassanayake sign an agreement for Dassanayake's reappointment as head coach of Nepal's national cricket team in a ceremony held at the Sports Ministry at Kamal Pokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday, September 1, 2014. (NN/Hemanta Shrestha)

Pubudu Dassanayake has officially been reappointed as the head coach of the National cricket teams for the second time.

An agreement to this effect was signed by Dassanayake and Chuda Mani Poudel, joint-secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), at the Ministry on Monday.

The agreement was signed in the presence of MoYS secretary Dipendra Nath Sharma, National Sports Council (NSC) member-secretary Yuvaraj Lama, and Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) representatives and the media.

As per the agreement, Dassanayake will serve as head coach of the national teams — the senior team and the U-19 team — from September 1, 2014 to June 15, 2015.

This is a fresh contract signed with the Ministry, Poudel said. “The contract is historical though this will be Dassanayake’s second tenure as head coach.”

“The contract is a subsidy to CAN from the Ministry as it was unable to reappoint Dassanayake due to its financial conditions.”

Once CAN improves its financial health, it should uphold its responsibility regarding the coach’s remuneration, Poudel said.

Speaking at the contract-signing ceremony, Dassanayake said he was here at the request of the Ministry, the players and the media and thanked all those who had kept their faith in him.

“I was not planning to come back but I could not refuse the invitation,” Dassanayake said.

On the occasion, Dassanayake also expressed his confidence of uplifting the national team in the next eight months. “I will fulfill what Nepali cricket deserves.”

Dassanayake will now start his work under CAN, as his appointment became possible with the initiative of NSC. Similarly, the coach will also work as a consultant to the Sports Ministry.

“The working agreement with CAN is almost in its final stages,” sports secretary Sharma said.

The Ministry also officially handed over the working agreement letter to NSC and CAN on the same occasion.

As per the pact, he will consult the Ministry on long-term plans and strategies for the development of the Nepali cricket, says Sharma.

Meanwhile, CAN is also positive towards the agreement.

“We will finalise the decision within a couple of days through a board meeting regarding Dassanayake’s working agreement,” Uttam Karmacharya, the acting general-secretary at CAN, told reporters on Monday.

The Sports Ministry will pay Dassanayake US$ 10,000 a month, plus Rs 200,000 a month for accommodation, communication, travel and other expenses.

As CAN was unable to renew Dassanayake’s contract, the government stepped in on July 1, 2014 and said it was willing to support CAN.

Dassanayake had first taken coaching duties in August 23, 2011 for US$ 5,000 a month along with accommodation. His contract was extended for three months, along a raise of US$ 3000, in April this year. That contract expired on June 30.

Nepal was in ICC’s Division 4 when he arrived and managed a climb to Division 2 during his tenure.

Under Dassanayake, Nepal qualified for the ICC World T20 tournament held in Bangladesh in March 2014 and advanced to the 50-over World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand.

Nepal, however, was relegated to Division 3 after finishing ninth in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers (ODI) held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 1, 2014.

Source: Nepalnews