Pubudu Dassanayake appointed head coach of Canada

Pubudu Dassanayake

Pubudu Dassanayake has been appointed as Canada’s new head coach, on the same day as stepping down as the Nepal cricket team’s head coach. Cricket Canada confirmed Pubudu as their new head coach on Twitter.

After immigrating to Canada in 2001, Dassanayake coached Canada for almost four years from 2007 and led them to the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Pubudu called a press meet on Wednesday at Hyatt Palace, Solteemood to confirm his resignation as Nepal’s head coach, however, He tendered his resignation before the start of the Scotland tour which was accepted by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).

Pubudu cited family reasons for his resignation and said, “It was the most challenging decision that I have to take in my coaching career. I love Nepal Cricket and I am very emotional to leave at this stage. The reason for my departure is to take care of my family when they need me the most. I will regret it if I cannot do my part for my family at this time”.

Having led Nepal to its maiden T20 World Cup in 2014, Pubudu was seen as Nepal’s most successful coach. The Srilankan-born coach was re-appointed as Nepal’s head coach by CAN in December 2021 for two years. But the 52 years old was heavily criticized after Nepal’s back-to-back poor overseas tour and batting woes.