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Pubudu Dassanayake is set to resume his role as Nepal’s head coach after he was invited back to the country by the government.
Dassanayake left Nepal in early June after he disagreed with some of the clauses in his contract.
In March, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) told Dassanayake that they would give him a new one-year contract. However, due to the board being under investigation, they ended up giving him a three-month contract, which expired in June.
But, in order to retain the services of Dassanayake, the Nepal government agreed to extend his contract in early July without even informing the CAN.
“I have returned to Kathmandu on the basis of an invite from the Sports Ministry of Nepal and have not received any communication from the CAN,” Dassanayake said. “I understand that the Sports Ministry and the CAN have been in talks prior to my arrival here and there is also a meeting between the two parties scheduled for tomorrow where they will discuss my appointment.”
However, despite not having communicated with the CAN at all, Dassanayake is confident that he will be restored as Nepal’s head coach.
“I was asked to return to Nepal as soon as possible, so I assume that the CAN and the Sports Ministry will make every effort to reach an expeditious consensus about my working environment, designation and scope of functions,” he said.
Dassanayake also hinted that he may consider taking up other roles than just being head coach.
“Based on my discussions with the Sports Ministry, I expect to perform a dual role as a Consultant to the Ministry as well as a coach of the national cricket team,” he said.
There has also been a lot of confusion over Nepal’s team for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon since Arun Aryal was named head coach on the team roster.
“While nothing is official at this point, I expect to travel with the team as the head coach for the Asian Games in Korea,” Dassanayake said. “Since Arun Aryal has already been appointed as the coach for the Asian Games, it is possible that he will also travel along with the team.”