Newly-appointed coach Dassanayake expects Lamichhane to become a successful captain

The decision to appoint Lamichhane as captain will remain intact, he said.

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Kathmandu: The Nepali men’s cricket team has recently got Pubudhu Dassanayake as its new coach. Dassanayake, also the former national coach of national men’s cricket, was reappointed by Cricket Association of Nepal, a cricket governing body,  for a two-year tenure, on December 11.

On Thursday, Cricket Association of Nepal, the cricket governing body, organized an interaction program with the newly appointed coach, in the capital. The coach shared his thoughts on the contemporary cricket scene of Nepal during the event.

“I have held meetings with both parties, cricketers and CAN. I have asked the CAN to rethink their decision regarding the central contract, and they are positive towards it,” said Dassanayake. “But the decision to appoint Lamichhane as captain will remain intact.”

“The CAN has full authority to change the captain, and we must respect it,” he added. 

Dassanayake coached the team from Division Four of the World Cricket League(WCL) to Division one. Under his coaching, Nepal played their first major ICC tournament, the 2014 T20 World Cup.

Earlier, Dassanayake coached the Nepali team from 2011-15. He is considered one of the most successful coaches for Nepal.

Dassanayake coached the team from Division Four of the World Cricket League(WCL) to Division one. Under his coaching, Nepal played their first major ICC tournament, the 2014 T20 World Cup. 

Nepali national cricket team is going through some sort of tension of late. Recently, the CAN removed Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Airee from their roles of captain and vice captain, respectively, and appointed Sandeep Lamichhane as the team’s captain. 

Along with the duo, Sompal Kami and Kamal Singh Airee would not be offered central contracts for the first six months of 2022. While on the other hand, players are demanding CAN rethink the decision.

The recently appointed coach is very much hopeful towards the newly appointed captain. 

Lamichhane has already captained the under-19 national team, and franchise team of Everest Premier League. Similarly, he also has experience of playing a number of big international matches.

“Since Lamichhane has been doing a great job since the last couple of years I  expect that he will be a successful captain,” said Dassanayake.  

Earlier in 2011, when Dassanayake was appointed as the national team’s coach for the first time, the team was in Division 4. But now the team has become a T-20 and an ODI country. 

“The players have honed their skills and the challenges of then and now are totally different,” said the coach. “But whatever the situation is I am going to give my best to bring the best result.”

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