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Nepal head coach Pubudu Dassanayake has decided to step down from his position, reportedly citing personal reasons.
Dassanayake’s final assignment with the national team will be the World Cricket League Championship matches against Papua New Guinea in the United Arab Emirates on November 16 and 18.
Dassanayake’s initial contract expired on June 15, 2015, but the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) decided to extend his contract to January 15, 2016 due to the World Twenty20 Qualifier in July and the World Cricket League Championship.
“It’s unfortunate. I have received an email from the coach stating that he has submitted a resignation letter to the general secretary and will continue till the WCL in Dubai [sic Abu Dhabi],” CAN CEO Bhawana Ghimire told reporters.
Dassanayake has spent four years with the Nepal team and his crowning achievement over that time was guiding the national team to their first World Twenty20 appearance in 2014.
However, Dassanayake’s tenure as Nepal coach has not been controversy free as in June 2014, he left the country after the CAN only extended his contract by three months when they initially said that they would give him a 12-month extension. But, he was reappointed in September after being invited back to the country by the government in August.