The Cricket Association of Nepal has appointed former India cricketer Manoj Prabhakar as the head coach of Nepal men's national team after Pubudu Dassanayake recently resigned from his position. Dassanayake has joined the Canada men's team as the head coach.
Manoj Prabhakar, who was a bowling all-rounder and played 169 international matches for India, has worked as a head coach for three Ranji Trophy teams including Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. On the international front, Prabhakar was a bowling coach for Afghanistan in 2016.
Cricket Association of Nepal released a statement confirming Prabhakar's appointment as the head coach. The statement read, "Former Indian star all rounder and Ranji trophy winning coach, Mr. Manoj Prabhakar from India has been appointed as the Head Coach of Nepal National Cricket Team.
"Mr. Prabhakar has played 39 Test matches and 130 One Day Internationals for India. As a Coach, he has experience of working as coach of Afghanistan Cricket Team along with Ranji Trophy teams of Delhi, Rajasthan and UP Cricket Association."
After his appointment, Prabhakar said, "Seeing the interest for cricket in Nepal, their talent & 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."
With eight wins in 20 matches, Nepal are currently second-last in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 standings.