Former Afghanistan batting coach and Indian National, Umesh Patwal, has been appointed the new head coach of the Nepali men’s cricket team on Friday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), recruited Patwal, after a proposal was submitted by National Sports Council (NSC) to ICC. A native of Mumbai, Patwal is likely to sign the contract on Friday evening.
“Special thanks to ICC and Sports Council of Nepal for putting an extra effort to make sure I’ve been appointed as the head coach of Nepal”, Patwal said.
“Hopefully, what we’ve thought about in next few months, we need to make sure that we all come together as Nepal Cricket fraternity to help Nepal grow as cricketing Nation”, he further added.
After the departure of Pubudu Dassanayake, the former coach in 2016, ICC assigned local coach Jagat Tamata in 2017.
In 2018, Patwal was hired as a batting consultant during the Nepal tour of UAE where Nepal played 3 ODIs and 3 Twenty20s.
He has served as Afghanistan’s batting coach during the 2014 World Twenty20 and the 2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. In 2018, He was again hired in the same role during Afghanistan’s Inaugural test match against India.
He has been involved in the development of Afghanistan seniors like Mohammed Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari and Asghar Stanikzai as they have travelled to Mumbai to train with him since 2008.
Meanwhile, Patwal’s contract is set for one year only.
Who is Umesh Patwal?
- Nationality: Indian (Kandivali West, Mumbai)
- Profession: Coach & Consultant
- Business: ithinksportz, Mumbai (from Jan 2017 – present)
- Past experience:
- Academy Coach, Vidharbha Cricket Association
- Batting Coach & Consultant, Afghanistan Cricket Board
- Assistant Coach, Kochi Tuskers Kerala (IPL, 2011)
- Education: Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), St.Lawrence High School, Santacruz