पुबुदु इफेक्ट

नेपाल वर्ल्ड क्रिकेट लिग डिभिजन थ्रीको विजेता बनेर घर र्फकदा, एयरपोर्टमा करीब १००-१५० को भीड आफ्ना खेलाडिहरुको स्वागतार्थ भेला थिए । स्वाभाविक कुरो, आफ्नो हिरोहरुलाइ हौसला दिने प्रशंसकको कर्तव्य नै हो ।

विभिन्न नाराको बीच एउटाले आवाज लगाए, “पुबुदु दासानायकेǃ” भीड समवेत स्वरमा चिच्यायो, “जिन्दाबादǃ”

नेपाली क्रिकेटका हेड कोच पुबुदु छुट्टीमा गएकाले टीमसँग नेपाल फर्किएनन् नत्र यो नाराले उनी प्रफुल्लित हुन्थे होलान् । खेलाडिसँगै प्रशिक्षकको जयजयकार कमै देखिन्छ । तर यो नारा उनको नेपाली क्रिकेटमा गरेको योगदानको प्रशंसाको रुपमा लिन सकिन्छ ।

प्रश्न उठ्छः क्रिकेटमा कोचको के महत्व हुन्छ?

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Planning called Cricket

Cricket, despite being a non-contact sport, is also about fear. The fear of losing not counted as the main reason behind this.

One of the best sights in cricket is watching a fast bowler steaming in and hurling a ball as fast as he can, uprooting the stumps and letting the bails fly all over. Not only does it create a good sight, but it also sets in panic among the batsmen that have to come to the crease, after the fall of wicket. The fear it creates tantalizes the crowd, excites the fielders and ignites the TRP ratings.

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Transforming Team Nepal

Team Nepal has climbed to the ICC World Cricket League Division 3, after roaring performance at the Division 4 in Malaysia. Much has been said about the players who were a part of it and Nepal government has duly recognized their contribution, announcing an award of Rs. 300,000 for each member of the squad.

With the win, the team, which looked in tatters around a year ago – with string of bad performances in Asian Games in November, 2010, and ACC T20 at home grounds in December 2011 – has turned a corner. It climbed in the world rankings to 27th position, from 29th. So how was it possible for the same team – well, almost – to make such a turnaround?

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Worry for the Coach!

Nepal’s chances of going beyond the first round of ICC U-19 World Cup have been killed again. A few million hearts were broken repeatedly by Australia, Ireland and England – all hubs of cricket.

Win or loss is a part of the game and should be taken with a positive spirit. However, there is more to it than win or loss, or mere results. For the first time since Nepal participated in the U-19 Cricket World Cup – the first being in 2000 – the Nepali teenagers finished the group stage without a single win. In our six appearances so far, we’ve had wins in all the previous Youth World Cups, mostly surprise wins against opponents ranked above us.

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New Year, New Hopes…

The New Year has begun for sports sector in slightly unconventional way. Right on the second day of the brand new year, we saw an exchange of blows on a football pitch. Yes,don’t be surprised… A football pitch. If you witnessed the players in that exchange, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the players had one drink toomany, while bidding adieu to the past year.
Some went onto call it undesirable, while some chose to ignore it. Correct me if I am wrong, but there is no place for violence in sports. I’ve never ever been able to understand if there could be ‘desire’ for such a thing. It has to becondemned in the strongest of words, and actions. If your children want to be a football player in future and if they saw it, tell them this is exactly whatthey should avoid on a pitch, and off the pitch too. Hopefully, it was aone-off incident and we don’t see it replicated in future. Five red cards in amatch involving top teams cannot be a matter of pride for any.

Have a start, got to score…

End of the year is always a time for stock taking. What weachieved in the year; Where we failed; How much could have been done and Howmuch is left.
But it’s also a time to think, what we could do more. As ayear ends, another one begins. That’s the beauty of time. That’s the beauty ofsport. After every year, another one has to follow. After every match, despitefailures, another is always in waiting. Life goes on.

If everything goes well…

“If everything goes according to the plan, we mightqualify for the World Cup,” said Nepal’s cricket coach Pubudu Dassanayake,in a conversation to yours truly recently, before he was to present his 3-monthplan to Nepal’s cricket leaders.
The point that the Sri Lankan born coach means well forCricket Nepal could be denied here. For the line is an optimist one. But thecatch, for many, would be the big ‘if’ present there. Many would say: Ifeverything went according to the plan, we would have played previous world cup.For around a decade ago, we were ‘readying’ ourselves to become the next bigthing in Asian Cricket.

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The ‘F’ Factor

2001: An important year inhistory of Nepali sport, especially cricket. The year was to change how cricketwas viewed in Nepal. As Kathmandu played host to Youth Asia Cup (later termedas ACC U-19 Cup), the home team defeated Malaysia in the final, with Roy Dias –former Test Cricketer from Sri Lanka – in charge of young boys that were toform a core for the senior team later.
As Malaysian Colts faced Nepaliboys in the final, the Malaysian coach – incidentally a Sri Lankan – told yours truly, during the innings break, “It’s difficult for my boys playingagainst a good team and such a huge crowd. When they play at home, not morethan 100-150 people watch them.”

Is it Cricket?

These are difficult times to be a cricketer here. Mind you, under normal circumstances it would be busy times with a major championship not too far away (ACC T20 Cup gets underway in a fortnight).
Cricketers in Nepal have always considered themselves unlucky. In the beginning days ofcricket here, most could not play, given it was only within a reach of richerfew. Hence most were unlucky. Till late 90s, Nepal had no participation atinternational level, so the players were said to be unlucky. When the cricket administration prospered and coffers did not show zero balance, the cricketers said they were unlucky as they did not receive anything out of it.

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Of Departure and Arrival

“I reallyrespected him” – This remark may neither raise eyebrows nor would itregister very strongly on anyone’s mind. But if you know that it was SachinTendulkar making such a remark, you would stick to the word ‘really’ and startadmiring the person, whoever the great batsman is referring to.
Tendulkar wasreferring to Former Indian captain MansoorAli Khan Pataudi, who passed away on 22nd of September 2011. Itwould be interesting to know that Tendulkar was barely a 2-year old whenPataudi played his last International match. It needs sheer genius in a personto earn respect, in the heart of a cricketer who started playing seriouscricket, a decade after he had retired.
Most of us, who have grown in the constant shower of cricket, justbecause we are close to India, have heard of him. Hardly a few have seen himplay. Yet we know of him. Probably, among the cricketers who played before thetelevision era, he was the only icon that we knew, with the exception of Sir DonBradman and Great Garry Sobers. Not many can boast to have such a longshelf-life after retiring, something most sportsmen would envy.

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