Pubudu Dasanayake, Sri Lanka´s former Test cricketer is all set to take the charge of coaching Nepali team. Dasanayake with another Sri Lankan cricketer Charith Senanayake and England cricketer of Pakistini origin Aftab Habib have been shortlisted by CAN technical committee led by Vice President Shree Harsha Koirala.
According to a CAN source, Dasanayake had sought $ 10000 per month to take the charge of Nepali cricket but later settled for $ 5000 per month. “We´d discussed different names in the technical committee meeting and I´d suggested that the coach above fourty could be outdated and unaware of latest technology,” said General Secretary Paneru.
Dasanayake, 41, had played 11 Test and 16 One-Day-International matches for Sri Lanka and also played 108 First Class matches. Previously, He was coaching Canadian national team for the last four years. Dasanayake, former wicketkeeper batsman, was successful coach for Canada as the team qualified for the World Cup 2011 under his guidance.
Dasanayake will be the second Sri Lankan coach for Nepal if CAN appoints him. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Roy Luke Dias was first SL Coach for Nepal who returned to home on December after completing his 9-year long tenure in Nepal.
Dasanayake had debuted against South Africa in 1993 in Test and scored 196 runs in 17 innings with an average of 13.06. He had scored 85 runs in 16 ODI-s for Sri Lanka. In 2001, Dasanayake moved to Canada and played for the Canadian team. He was captain of Canada in 2005. He was appointed provisional coach in 2007 and later given the full charge of the Canadian team.
Meanwhile, Charith Senanayake, 49, played three Test and seven ODI matches. He had made his Test debut in 1991 against New Zealand. Senanayake was team manager of Sri Lankan cricket team in 2008.
English Cricketer, Habib is a familiar name for Nepali cricketers. He had played two Test matches against New Zealand and he coached Hong Kong in 2007. Under his guidance Hong Kong won ACC Trophy Elite Cup held in Malaysia in 2008 and ACC U-19 Elite Cup held in Kuwait 2009.