Nepal cricket is a never-ending turmoil. From getting banned by ICC to uncountable internal conflicts, no matter who the perpetrator is, the victim is always the cricket itself.
Recently, coach Pubudu Dassanayake resigned from the post of head coach of the national cricket team. He cited personal reasons behind the decision but rather joined as the head coach of the Canadian national cricket team immediately after leaving Nepal. During the back-to-back series of CWC League-2 on USA and Scotland, Nepal managed to win only 2 games, losing 5 and 1 game ended as a tie.
The performance of the national team was again below-par as batting emerged as the major problem for Nepal. It’s almost a historic problem that Nepali cricketers get plagued by dismal batting performance amidst decent bowling. Lack of consistency in batting has cost Nepal countless opportunities before as well and it seems like a never-ending phenomenon.
The Cricket Association of Nepal has not published any new notice or vacancy regarding the coach to date. As we’ve already seen before, coach selection is a long and tedious process for CAN. From releasing the vacancy to shortlisting the candidates, there are many administrative elements leading up to the selection of a coach.
However, there are speculations that former coach Umesh Patwal would be re-appointed again as a head coach of the national cricket team. However, the source is unconfirmed and it may only be the gossip of the town.
While looking out for options, CAN prefer re-appointing those coaches who have already worked with the Nepal cricket team previously as they do know the players well rather than appointing a new coach altogether. As Dave Whatmore could also be a viable option for CAN.
There is gossip regarding another Indian coach, Monty Desai. Monty has worked with the Nepali cricket team for a short period of time in the past as well.
Requirements for Nepal Cricket
Currently, the Nepali team is in transition. Since there are the majority of young faces in the team along with the young captain, there seems a lack of right guidance for the players. As such, the right mentorship is required for the team. There have been rumours that the team is not united as one. A team consists of individuals with various interests and egos, moving forward together in the right direction is itself a challenge.
A good coach could step up on the scene and intervene in this situation to resolve any conflicts that arise among the players. Apart from that, batters are not consistent in crucial matches. After getting a good start, they are struggling to score big. Therefore along with the head coach, a good batting consultant is required for the team at the moment.
Players like Bhurtel and Airee who have been exceptional for Nepal in the T20I format, have failed to make their mark in ODIs. The lack of domestic 50-overs tournaments has prevented the production of replacement players who could have replaced out-of-form players in the national team. As such, 50-over tournaments should be organized frequently along with the day’s cricket.