Former Indian international Manoj Prabhakar appointed Nepal cricket coach

File: Manoj Prabhakar

Kathmandu, August 8

The Cricket Association of Nepal has appointed Manoj Prabhakar as the coach of the Nepal national cricket team.

CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand informs Prabhakar has signed a one-year contract.

Prabhakar will succeed Pubudu Dassanayake, who recently resigned from his position and took over as the head coach of the Canada men’s team.

The former Indian international, Prabhakar played 39 tests and 130 ODIs for India. He has also coached three Ranji Trophy teams in Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Briefly, he also worked with Afghanistan during the T20 World Cup held in India in 2016.

But, he has been surrounded by controversy. In 2011, he was sacked by Delhi after he publicly criticised the players and selectors.

Following his appointment, Prabhakar has said he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Seeing the interest for cricket in Nepal, their talent and skill level, I’m really looking forward to working with the Nepal cricket team to make them into a cricketing force to be reckoned with,” he says.

Manoj Prabhakar’s appointment comes at a critical time for the national team which have not been doing great in the past few tournaments.

The national team missed out on qualification to the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and are currently placed second from the bottom, with eight wins in 20 matches in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 table.

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