Manoj Prabhakar is ready to leave Nepal after the Namibia catastrophe, but the coach leaves behind a difficult task for the national cricket team, which is at risk of losing its One-Day International status.
The coach’s unnecessary meddling with the team’s batting order has been attributed to the primary cause of the collapse of the Nepal national cricket team.
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According to many media sources, the 59-year-old Indian left home on Monday “after forging a mutual agreement to part company with the Nepal national squad following a meeting with the Cricket Association of Nepal.”
On August 8th, Manoj Prabhakar was given a one-year contract and placed in the hot seat. The coach had pledged to transform Nepali cricket after being appointed.
In a five-match Twenty20 International Series, Nepal defeated Kenya 3-2 under the guidance of the coach; this was followed by a 3-0 ODI series victory in Nairobi against the same side during their August and September visit to Kenya. At the TU cricket venue last month, the Rhinos also won the ODI series 2-1 against the United Arab Emirates.
The future looked promising. But the disagreements he had promised to avoid materialized in December. With a lot on the line, Nepal made the trip to Windhoek to compete in the Namibia-Nepal-Scotland Tri Series of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2.
However, their chances of immediately qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe next year were dashed by their three straight defeats in the Namibia Triangular Series, which were followed by a no result against the hosts.
Manoj Prabhakar’s official resignation is expected anytime soon:
Nepal’s disastrous season left them in sixth place with just 18 points from 24 games, making it difficult for them to maintain their ODI status. Nepal must win nine out of its final twelve games in order to finish in the top five and maintain its one-day status.
As a result of his failure in Windhoek, Manoj Prabhakar’s position was already on the line. However, the coach’s unwarranted meddling with the team’s batting order, particularly his attempt to bench Karan KC, has been mostly blamed for Nepal’s defeat.
Manoj Prabhakar’s formal resignation is likely soon. Prabhakar will be Nepal’s third coach to leave in the last two years, following the departures of former Sri Lankan World Cup-winning coach Dav Whatmore and Pubudu Dassanayake, both of whom resigned before the end of their contracts.