Dhamika Prasad among three shortlisted for Nepal head coach post

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Bipin Dani

Former Sri Lankan fast bowler Dhamika Prasad is now one among the three cricketers shortlisted for the head coach of the Nepal cricket team, it is reliably learnt.

According to the highly placed sources in CAN (Cricket Association of Nepal), the 40-year-old former fast bowler, who has played 50 international matches (Tests : 25, ODIs : 24 and T-20i :1) had applied for the head coach post and was recently interviewed on line.

Incidentally, Dhammika Prasad was an assistant and fast bowling consultant for Nepal for the series against Oman, Scotland, USA, and Canada. The retired Sri Lanka player has good coaching experience and his resume was attractive and presentation to the interviewers was also impressive, it is understood.

The other four shortlisted and interviewed candidates are : Monty Desai (India), Glenn Pocknail (New Zeakand), Russell Domingo (South Africa), and Dav Whatmore (Australia). Most popular among these five is the well-experienced Dav Whatmore.

However, Whatmore is contracted with the Vadodara Cricket Association in India and his contract runs until March 2023 and had to withdraw from Nepal coaching as he is unable to join Nepal team soon after India’s Manoj Prabhakar’s contract ended prematurely.

Domingo recently resigned from Bangladesh coaching and as per the latest information received, Domingo too has revoked his application. “I need some break now”, he says to this Reporter.

Monty Desai’s term with the West Indies team as batting coach ended.Pocknall is a renowned coach in New Zealand. He is instrumental in shaping Davon Conway.