Kathmandu, December 12
The coach of the Nepal national cricket team, Manoj Prabhakar, is planning to resign. He signed a one-year contract on August 8.
Prabhakar left for India on Monday after officials of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) pressured him to leave the post. He will likely send in his resignation from India.
An official working for CAN said it was unlikely that Prabhakar would continue as coach of the national cricket team as results over the past few months have been really poor.
During his tenure, Nepal beat Kenya 3-2 in a T20I series and 3-0 in an ODI series. He also led Nepal to a 2-1 win in the Ssixer ODI Series against UAE in Nepal.
But the team’s performance during the Namibia tour, which was part of ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, has been his downfall as Nepal failed to register a single victory in the four games losing three of them.
According to sources, CAN officials were dissatisfied with Prabhakar from the beginning. He was accused of tampering with the battering order needlessly and benching players he didn’t like. He’s also been accused of putting needless pressure on the selection committee.
“The players, officials and team manager were not satisfied with him. Had we been winning these differences would not have mattered but with us not winning there was no way we could continue,” said a CAN official.
The official said that CAN has asked him to resign instead of them having to sack him.
Prabhakar has said that he will go to Delhi and submit his resignation. According to sources, there are plans in place to city family reasons as his reason for resignation. If he doesn’t resign, CAN is will sack him.
Manoj Prabhakar replaced Pubudu Dassanayake after her Sri Lankan resigned.
Prabhakar will become the fourth coach to leave the national team during the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 cycle. Umesh Patwal, Dav Whatmore and Pubudu Dassyanke all quit the national team citing personal reasons.