Nepal Men

Manoj Prabhakar appointed as Nepal’s new head coach

Manoj Prabhakar

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has appointed former Indian allrounder Manoj Prabhakar as the new head coach of the Nepal national cricket team.

Prabhakar replaces Pubudu Dassanayake, who resigned from the post in July citing family problems.

Allrounder, Prabhakar was Afghanistan’s bowling coach in 2015, and he continued his role till the 2016 World T20. Moreover, He has served as a head coach for Delhi, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy. In 2008, when Delhi won the Ranji Trophy, he was the team’s bowling coach.

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Manoj Prabhakar

“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,” Prabhakar said after the announcement.

The 59 years old has played 39 Test matches and 130 ODIs for India picking up 96 and 157 wickets respectively. He has 1600 Test runs and 1858 ODI runs as well. The star player has a record of opening both the bowling and batting in the same match, He has done so in 21 Test matches.

The BCCI had banned Manoj Prabhakar for five years in 2000 after his alleged involvement in match-fixing along with a few big names like Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja.