KATHMANDU: Nepali cricket coach Pubudu Dassanayake received warm welcome from officials of Nepal Sports Council (NSC), Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and national cricket players as he attended national team’s closed camp training on Tuesday.
Dassanayake began his second term as Nepal cricket coach after signing a new 10-month deal with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) on Monday.
NSC Member Secretary Yubraj Lama, Acting General Secretary of CAN Uttam Karmacharya and Nepali cricket team Captain Paras Khadka among others welcomed the coach at the Tribhuvan University cricket ground in Kirtipur.
Altough Dassanayake arrived in Nepal from Canada on Thursday after MoYS decided to extend his contract a few months ago, he did not attend the closed camp training until signing of new contract.
Skipper Paras Khadka thanked the government for signing new contract with the coach.
“Next six months are very crucial for Nepali cricket. Perhaps, it is a first instance the government is serious on the issue,” he said.
“Now, responsibilities lie on players to take the Nepali cricket to a new height.”
As per the new contract, the former Sri Lankan wicket keeper will be the head coach of Nepal cricket team from September 1 to June 15 of next year and will receive a monthly salary of US$ 10,000 from MoYS.
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