Pubudu's contract valid till July 15: Ministry

KATHMANDU:  Ministry for Youth and Sports (MoYS) on Tuesday admitted a slip-up while signing the Umbrella Agreement with Nepal's national cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake last year.

As per the agreement, the contract which was signed in September last year, Dassanayake ran out of contract yesterday.

“That was a mistake in the paper. The contract should have been until July 15,” said MoYS Secretary Dipendra Nath Sharma, maintaining that the contract is valid for one more month.

“It has been amended and we will write to Cricket Association of Nepal to notify Dassanayake about the matter,” Sharma added. “There was no need to panic when he had still one month left in the contract.”

Dassanayake is currently in India to prepare Nepal’s national team for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers slated for next month in Ireland and Scotland.

The MoYS had hired the former Sri Lankan wicket keeper after CAN released him, citing financial crunch.

Dassanayake, who was initially hired for one year in September 2011 for $5,000 per month, made immediate impact and brought glory to Nepali cricket, with the national team winning three titles apart from the maiden World Twenty20 qualification.

CAN increased his salary to $8,000 in March last year, but failed to hand over the contract in the absence of board meeting. The cricket governing body instead extended his contract for three months in April.

The final deal was possible after cabinet approved the ministry's proposal to extend the coach’s contract.