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Pubudu Dassanayake appointed coach of Nepal cricket team

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Pubudu Dassanayake

Former Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Pubudu Dassanayake has been re-appointed as head coach of the Nepal men’s national team, Cricket Association of Nepal announced at the end of their board meeting held yesterday. Dassanayake will fill the vacancy, which opened up after Dev Whatmore, who stepped down from the position in September at the end of Nepal’s ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 matches in Oman.

Dassanayake has had a successful run as a coach at the Associate level over the years. From 2007 to 2011, first, he was with Canada, whom he represented as a cricketer after migrating from Sri Lanka in 2001. He helped the team qualify for their third straight ODI World Cup, and was then appointed as Nepal coach.

Earlier, he was involved with the Nepal set-up from 2011 to 2016, guiding them from Division Four of the World Cricket League (WCL) to Division One, the WCL Championship, and to their first major ICC tournament, the 2014 T20 World Cup.

The 51-year-old Dassanayake played 11 Tests and 16 ODIs as a wicketkeeper for Sri Lanka between the 1993 and 1994 period before Romesh Kaluwitharana became the preferred keeper for the national team.

After he took over as the coach of the Canada side and has been a professional coach since. (D.R.)

Monday, December 13, 2021 – 01:00

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