|Nepal’s coach, national captains, CAN President and NSC Member Secretary at the NCA inauguration
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Nepal now has a place dedicated to cricket and cricketers with the opening of the National Cricket Academy in Kirtipur. The site is the old Tribhuvan University Pavilion which is being modified to house a gymnasium and an office. The most significant factor is that Nepal’s cricketers have one distinct location to practice, train and play under the eye of full-time coaches.
An Academy, even a Central ACC Academy for the whole of the region, have long been desired by Nepal, now, riding on the success of recent achievements in ACC and ICC events, there is a proper appreciation of just what is required to push on and seriously challenge for further honours. A place in the next ICC World Cup Qualifier beckons if Nepal are in the Final of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Bermuda later this year. National coach Pubudu Dassanayake has been instrumental in establishing the Academy. First, came the gymnasium. Now has come a provision for coaches and players to work together in a dedicated training facility modelled on those running in the Test-playing countries.
“Nepal have managed to win trophies because they currently have a set of players who play with great enthusiasm and dedication,” said Dassanayake, who is in his second year as Nepal coach. “But, it is not possible to stick with limited players always. If we dream of big achievements and scale new heights in world cricket, we have to prepare standby squads with equally talented players. NCA will be focused on preparing future cricketers who can perform at the top level for the country. It’s all about putting things in a system then one day something big is surely going to happen with Nepali cricket,” added the former Sri Lankan international.
The NCA opens its activities with a camp for 37 of the country’s top cricketers at the end of January, in preparation for the WCL Division 3 and the ACC Twenty20 Cup, which in turn, serves as a pathway to the ICC World T20. Specialised coaches, a video analyst and a physiotherapist are going to be at the Academy full-time, with coach and umpire educators on hand too. Following the camp, an U-12 program will be set up on the conveyor belt of success.
“We’ll try to expand NCA to other parts of the country. We’ll try to establish other three branches of NCA outside the Kathmandu Valley by next year,” says Nepal’s coach. “Even a good Nepali player gets chance to play only one or two tournaments in a calendar year. If he fails once, he is lost. NCA could be the remedy as it provides regular training facilities, rehabilitation and psychological counselling to players,” he added.
Nepal’s National Cricket Academy Personnel
- Pubudu Dassanayake – Head Coach
- Jagat Bahadur Tamatta – ACC Level III Coach
- Binod Kumar Das – ACC Level III Coach
- Raman Shiwakoti – Technical Analyst
Nepal Cricket Profile
Filed January 17th, 2013