Nepal’s new national cricket team head coach, Manoj Prabhakar arrived in Nepal on Saturday. Prabhakar replaced Pubudu Dassanayake, who resigned from the post in July citing family problems.
“It is a big challenge for me, I have been accepting it but I am ready to support the talented youngsters of Nepal and groom them well”, Prabhakar said to the journalists at the Tribhuwan International Airport. His one-year’s contract will begin from the Kenya tour where Nepal will play 5 T20Is and three 50-over matches.
“Nepal’s geographical structure is also a factor that made me interested in the role. I also grew up in the Hilly region, very similar to Nepal. I have got enough experience so I believe a better outcome. You will notice the difference within 2-3 months”, Prabhakar added.
Former India 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.
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.