Former Sri Lankan test player who later joined Canadian national team and led them to World Cup as a coach and captain was appointed Nepal National Cricket Team’s head coach in late 2011. Since then Mr. Dassanayake has given international success to Nepalese cricket winning Asia’s biggest non-test nations ACC Elite Trophy 2012, promoting Nepal to division three by winning ICC World division four trophy in Malaysia and finishing 7th in World T20 final qualifiers in 2012 among world’s 16 best association nations. We, cricketfootball.com had causal interview over all the professional and personal issues. Excerpts.
Hello coach, pleasure to talk to you after a long time.
Oh ya its good to talk to you again.
How are you feeling in Nepal these days? Do you find here as cold as in Canada?
Its good. sometime its chilly in the evening otherwise its good.
I remember last time when we talked you were just appointed Nepal’s head coach and you had not even been to Nepal. and you told us you wanted to come to Nepal with two missions, first to qualify Nepal for World T20 2012 final qualifiers and to promote to division three. And yes, you achieved both those missions.
Yes, that’s right. I remember. Read more
थ्री स्टारका युवा कोच प्रदिप हुमागाइँ (फोटो सौजन्य: थ्री स्टार फेसबुक पेज)
फुटबलमा खासै नाम नसुनिएका प्रदीप हुमागाईं थ्री स्टारको प्रशिक्षक भएयता चर्चामा छन्। दशकअघि काठमाडौं र म्याडोवेल्स आरसिटीबाट केही नकआउट प्रतियोगिता खेल्नुबाहेक ए डिभिजन क्लबसँग उनको कुनै साइनो थिइन। यद्यपि फुटबल प्रशिक्षक बन्ने रहर उनले सानैबाट पालेका थिए। थ्री स्टार आउनुअघि काठमाडौं विश्वविद्यालयको छात्रा टोली हाँकेर रहर पूरा गर्दै उनी परिपक्व बन्दै गए। गत वर्ष एन्फाबाट सञ्चालिन सी लाइसेन्स कोर्स उत्तीर्ण गरेपछि ए डिभिजनमा ‘ब्रेक’ खोजिरहेका प्रदीपलाई थ्री स्टारले असोजमा तत्कालीन प्रशिक्षक मेघराज केसीको सहायकका रूपमा आबद्ध गर्योम। एनसेल कपको समूह चरणको दोस्रो खेल हारेलगत्तै केसीले राजीनामा दिएपछि उनले कार्यवहाक प्रशिक्षकको जिम्मेवारी सम्हाल्ने मौका पाए। छोटो समयमै मुख्य प्रशिक्षकको जिम्मेवारीलाई उनले चुनौतीका रूपमा स्वीकारे। Read more
नेपाल राष्ट्रिय फुटबल टोली मुख्य प्रशिक्षक ज्याक स्टेफानोस्की
जगदीश्वर पाण्डे/ कान्तिपुर , नेपाली राष्ट्रिय टिमलाई प्रशिक्षण गर्न पुस २३ मा मुख्य प्रशिक्षक ज्याक स्टेफनडोवस्की आफ्ना सहायक रिचार्ड ओलोकिस्कीसँगै अमेरिकाबाट नेपाल आइपुगेका थिए । सहिद स्मारक लिग चलिरहँदा आइपुगेका नयाँ प्रशिक्षकले त्यसपछि भएका सबै लिगका खेलहरू हरेक दिन दशरथ रंगशाला पुगेर अवलोकन गरे । थ्रीस्टार र मनाङ- मस्र्याङ्दीको शुक्रबारको खेलसँगै लिगको पहिलो चरण सकिएको छ । अन्तिम दिनको खेलमा रंगशालामा ओइरिएको दर्शकदेखि उत्साहित देखिएका स्टेफनडोवस्कीसँग गरेको कुराकानी :
नेपालको लिग कस्तो लाग्यो ?
ठीक लाग्यो । प्रतिस्पर्धात्मक छ । कुनै क्लब बलियो र कुनै कमजोर हुनु स्वाभाविक नै हो । क्लब र त्यहाँ आबद्ध खेलाडीअनुसार नतिजा निस्केको पाएँ ।
नेपाली खेलाडीको प्रदर्शनलाई कसरी मूल्यांकन गर्नु हुन्छ ?
लगातारको खेलमा पनि उनीहरूले शतप्रतिशत मिहिनेतका साथ खेलेका छन् । राष्ट्रिय खेलाडीले आफ्नै स्तरअनुसार खेलेको पाएँ । नयाँ खेलाडीहरूले पनि आफ्नो क्षमताअनुसार प्रदर्शन गरेका छन् । Read more
When it comes to foreign players in Nepalese League, Junior Obagbmerio is an unforgettable name. With his scoring ability he got a lot of media attention in his time. Prolific Nigerian was top scorer even while playing with the one of the weakest teams Brigade Boys Club. Probably, Junior was one of the most talented foreign footballers to be in Nepalese soil who later went on to play in Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Finland and where not. He was also highest scorer in Bangladesh, nominated best foreign player in India twice.
Here is an e-mail interview by Jyoti Khatiwada Read more
Graham Roberts, Former England international and Tottenham captain who resigned as a Coach of Nepal National Football Team gave exclusive interview to Prajwal Oli and Biswas Baral of Republica
You have been in Nepal for last 13 months. How has your experience here been?
I have enjoyed my stay, particularly the football part of it. I think I have improved the boys. I think they have gone up a notch during my time here. They have gone from the bottom of the rankings to the top team in South Asia. When I first came the boys were very lazy. They had an attitude problem. I got them to work hard. Read more
Pubudu Dassanayake believes he can take Nepal to another level of cricket.
CricketFootball.com contacted Nepal’s new cricket coach Mr. Pubudu Bathiya Dassanayake who is yet to land in country and discussed his ambitions with Nepalese cricket. Mr Dassanayake a former Sri Lankan Test player led Canada to World Cup 2011 as a national coach. He has been living in Canada since 2001 with his family (wife and two kids).
How did you decide to be a coach of Nepal?
After world cup 2011 I stepped down as a coach of Canada. Then I came to know that Roy Dias will no longer be with of Nepal. At the same time, I got connected with Mr. Binay and after a few email exchanges I showed my interest. I heard a lot good things about Nepali Cricket through my colleague Rumesh Ratnayake who was ACC development manager (current Sri Lankan Coach) then other Sri Lankan colleagues of mine have also high regards for Nepali Cricket. They told that Nepali cricket has very high scope to reach another level. And I am kind of person who take challenges, it was also similar situation when I took charge of Canada, I got them through qualifiers and finally into World Cup. Read more
After four decades of involvement and developing cricket in Nepal, soft-spokena businessman Mr. Binay Raj Pandey was appoined as a President of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in 2006. Exquisitely mannered president is also a founder member of Nepal Olympic Committee, and former college champion of badminton. Mr. Pandey politely accepted our request for interview.
President of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and Vice-President of Asian Cricket Council (ACC)
Here is our EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW.
Can you tell us about newly appointed coach Pubudu Dasanayake ?
He is a former Sri Lankan Test Player and had coached Canada and is very interested to associate with Nepalese Cricket.
Why did CAN go with him? Fans wanted to have something different, coaches from other countries such as India?
He led Canada to World Cup, he has experience of coaching Canada which is higher ranked than Nepal, hence we believe he can take Nepal to another level in Cricket. Yes, we discussed about having Indian coach but India itself is a big market so all the coaches want to get engage there. Similarly, we are not in a position to afford very good Indian coach. Read more
U19 Cricket Team on Dublin Day Trip with NRN Ireland.
U-19 mega cricket event is over and we are qualified for World Cup. Thousands of Nepali Cricket Fans all over the world cheered, supported and followed match virtually when every ball/every over was updated on many websites and social networking sites. Many of us have no any idea or even do not bother to know how it was possible because not all the matches were updated on cricinfo, cricket Ireland or even ICC webpages. To make the things worse not any Nepali media travelled with team. Read more
Your own CricketFootball.com caught up prominent member of national squad and Nepal’s most reliable batsman Sharad Vesawkar. Currently, an Armed Forced player is busy in England representing Mumbai based Cricket Club; Jay Shree Cricket Club. We talked on various issues from personal to professional.
Sharad Vesawkar having some relaxed time in UK.
Here are the excerpts.
Are you missing Nepal in UK?
It has just been a couple of weeks that I am out of Nepal. So if something good to say, yes I miss my home made food, and something bad then its got to be the polluted air of Kathmandu (laughs….)
How long is your UK tour and how is your personal performance so far?
-The tour is of 3 weeks approximately and is almost over now. I played eight matches till now. Well, the performance so far has been good for me, hoping to do better every game. Read more