Dias all set for Level-III course

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s national cricket coach Roy Luke Dias is all set to undertake the ACC Level-III Coaching Course slated for November 3-9 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) nominated Dias as one of the 23 candidates from the Asian countries including Test-playing nations. Eight instructors from Cricket Australia will conduct the course — which is being held by ACC for the first time.

“It’s not only good for me but also the Nepali cricket as I will come back and implement the knowledge I learn in the course,” said Dias, who has been at the helm of Nepali cricket since 2001.

Dias, at present, is looking after the national senior team that is scheduled

to participate in the ACC Twenty20 Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from November 22-30.

“I will hand over the responsibility of the team to assistant coach (Manjur Alam) during my absence and Binod Das and Paras Khadka are also there to take care of the team,” said the former Sri Lankan Test international. “This is a great opportunity as the ACC is organising the Level III Course for the first time in the region and national coaches of the region including Test-playing countries will be benefiting from the course,” informed Dias, who completed the Level-II course last year in Malaysia.

“Cricket Australia Development Manager Ross Turner nominated my name for the course

and ACC made a special request to the Cricket

Association of Nepal (CAN) to allow me to take part in the course,” said Dias. “The instructors from Cricket Australia are specialised persons and they will teach everything,” he added.

“I am grateful to the CAN for allowing me the opportunity to join the course. I hope it will help Nepali cricket in various aspects. I will be holding

a coaching camp for

the local coaches once I return back from the UAE and impart the knowledge to them which will ultimately help the Nepali cricket,” said Dias.