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In the meantime, Nepal U-19 Cricket is also leaving soon for Ireland in World Cup qualifiers.
By UJJWAL ACHARYA,
“We nearly beat Sri Lanka,” Roy Dias, Nepal’s long-time cricket coach told his wife Tharanga over the phone after the completion of the Asian Games 2010 match.
Tharanga was probably surprised, not only by the ability of Nepal’s team to put her country on the tight rope, but rather by the way her husband referred to Nepal as “we.” “We’re Sri Lankans!” she remarked.
Oh, yes! Dias is a Sri Lankan – he had represented the tiny nation during its early days of international cricket as a class batsman. He has batted for Sri Lanka with such elegance that those who saw him playing still consider him one of the all-time best batsmen.
But his nine-year association with Nepali cricket made him consider the tiny Himalayan nation his second home. His commitment to the game, relationship with his players and people, and connection with places made “each moment of his nine years memorable” for him.
“It’ll take me a few weeks to realize that I’m in Sri Lanka, that I’ve come back and missing this life,” Dias told me a few days before his scheduled return flight. The 59-year-old inspirational coach concluded his career as Nepal’s coach and is returning to his homeland on Sunday, and it is his retirement from jobs abroad.
A family man
Every time I visited Dias in his hotel room, I noticed a photo-collage at his bedside table that consisted of a picture of Jesus Christ and photos of his family – wife, a son and a daughter. He would always talk about his family. So much so that I feel like I know each of them personally, though I have never met them.
A few years ago, I was tempted to ask him, “Don’t you feel lonely?” He was quiet, probably had never expected the question. The answer was “Yes, I do miss them a lot” but after looking at his eyes, I never dared ask the question again – well, until his return was confirmed.
“In a way, I’m glad that I’m going back to be with my family,” Dias said with a note that “it feels sad to leave.”
“You know, my daughter was nine when I left, now she’s 18,” he said. With his son settled abroad after completing his education, Dias feels it is high time for him to be with his daughter and his wife. “I don’t want to miss them anymore.”
Dias also feels lucky that his family supported and understood him. “My wife has been very supportive and she understood it was a job for me. She also kept all of us very close,” he confided.
Tied by team
When Dias arrived in Kathmandu in September 2001, only knowing that he would be flying to an unknown airport to be met by the cricket board president, he “never expected to stay for nine years.”
“After I came, I realized the passion that you all have for cricket, and then it was an upward climb,” he said. “Every year, the team was doing well, and I had to stay. Then I became a part of Nepali cricket.”
During his stay, he groomed many players from their early age. “Except for a couple of players in the national side now, I’m with all other players from their early age,” he said. “So, in a way, they are like my children.”
Although many consider Dias as the man behind the country’s cricket team’s success, Dias himself considers it a team work. “I’m a coach, a teacher who can only teach,” he said. “It’s the students who have to sit in the exams and do well. So it’s the team that did well.”
Cricket’s long way
“Tundikhel was all football when I came, now it’s more cricket there,” he said. “The passion for cricket here is extraordinary.”
Dias had his share of contributions to the popularity. Under him, cricket teams of Nepal – seniors, age-groups and women – won 11 tournaments, reached finals of four others and semifinals of seven others.
The most fancied victories however are not those statistics. The Youth World Cups (YWCs), though, is one special instance. In 2002, Nepal reached the finals of the YWC Plate Championship, defeating Bangladesh and Pakistan; and in 2006, Nepal won the plate championship, defeating South Africa and New Zealand en route.
However, a couple of losses in crunch matches by the senior teams remain painful aberrations of his successful career.
“The losses against Qatar in 2003 in the ACC Trophy quarterfinals, and Tanzania in the WCL Division 4 in Italy this year weren’t good for us,” he said.
“I can be proud that I’m one of the persons from the 1970s in Sri Lanka whom, when people see me on the road, they still recognize and respect,” he told me when I asked about what he valued most in his life.
“I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to take benefits in a wrong way,” he said. “For me, human relationship is important.” He recalled his four years as a professional player in Canada, where he played his final three years without a contract paper.
“It’s faith,” he remembered. When the new chairman of the club sought his contract paper with three games remaining in the season, his teammates were enraged, and asked him to return. He did, and half of the club’s team did not play the rest of the season in silent protest.
“Even now, after three decades, whenever my teammates visit Sri Lanka, they remember to visit me,” he said. “It’s human relationship.”
He believes he succeeded mostly during his stay in Nepal. “It’s been my second home. I love this country and I respect the people here for all the support, love and respect they have given to me,” he said. “I could just say two words to them all – Thank you!”
With Roy Dias leaving after a decade who should be the man in charge of Nepalse Cricket Team? It is learnt that CAN is working hard to bring Indian coach. Nepal should go for international and experienced coach with more special knowledge on batting coaching. Hopefully Nepal finds the right one sooner than later.
२००१ मा नेपाल आएका डायस, एसियाड उनको लागि अन्तिम प्रतियोगिता थियो। १० वर्षे कार्यकालमा आफ्नो नेतृत्वमा नेपाली क्रिकेटले विकास गरेको बताउँदै उनले आगामी दिनमा आउने प्रशिक्षक आफूभन्दा राम्रो हुनुपर्ने विचार राखे। उनले भने, ‘नयाँ आउने प्रशिक्षक मभन्दा राम्रो होस् र मैले भन्दा नेपाली क्रिकेटका लागि राम्रो योगदान गरोस मेरो त्यही सुभकामना छ। प्रशिक्षकका रुपमा नरहेपनि नेपाली क्रिकेटलाई माया गर्ने व्यक्तिका रुपमा म सँधै सक्रिय रहनेछु।’
भविश्यबारे तत्काल निर्णय गरिनसकेपनि आगामी दिनमा श्रीलंका फर्केर श्रीलंकाली क्रिकेट बोर्डमा काम गर्ने योजना बनाएका उनी नेपाली प्रशिक्षकका रुपमा आफुलाई सफल मान्छन्। ‘म आउँदा नेपाली क्रिकेट धेरै तल थियो। मैले धेरै सुधार गरेको जस्तो लाग्छ। मैले नेपाली क्रिकेट विकासका लागि केही न केही योगदान गरेको छु जस्तो लाग्छ। म यसैमा गौरवान्वित छु,’ उमेर समूहमा नेपाललाई एसियाली महारथीका रुपमा स्थापित गरेका डायस भन्छन, ‘सिनियरका हकमा भने उमेरसमूहमा जस्तो सहज हुदैन। सिनियर टोलीमा धेरै देशले भारत र पाकिस्तानका खेलाडी भित्रयाएका छन्। जुन उमेरसमूहमा कम छ।’
राष्टिय टोलीले अपेक्षित सफलता नपाउनुमा नेपाली घरेलु क्रिकेटको संरचनाका साथै एसियाली क्रिकेट परिषद (एसिसी) को क्यालेन्डरलाई पनि डायस दोशी देख्छन। ‘सिनियर स्तरमा यहाँ धेरै प्रतियोतिगा नै हुदैनन। त्यसैले खेलाडीले पर्याप्त खेल्ने मौका नै पाउदैनन। यस्तो अवस्थामा विकास गर्न गाह्ो हुन्छ,’ डायसले भने।
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Sri Lanka might had not thought Nepal could keep them under heavy pressure, once Sri Lanka were 42/7 chasing 73. Nepalese bowlers produced sensational speed and also kept world class fielding. Sri Lanka were almost down and surrendering to Nepal but 9th wicket partnership saved them.
Earlier Nepal could only amass 72 runs with some good knocks by VC Gyannedra Malla and skipper Paras Khadka. Nepal lost wickets very cheaply after a good start when they were 52/2 in 12th over.
Nepal fought very well and proved that you should Nepal write off Nepal’s fighting back power. With this defeat Nepal is out of the tournament but it was a great performance and definitely Nepalese players spirit is high after the match.
Well Done Guys, You Rock
Nepal v Sri Lanka
SRI LANKA WON BY TWO WICKETS
Nepal won the toss and chose to bat
Nepal: 72 all out off 19.4 overs (G.Malla 30; D.Lokuhettige 2-19, J.Mubarak 3-6)
Sri Lanka: 73 for 8 off 18.5 overs (A.Bhattarai 2-10, P.Khadka 2-7, B.Regmi 2-13)
Asian Games Men’s Cricket Competition – 4th quarter final
Nepal v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
* 2010/11 season
* Played at Guanggong International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
* 24 November 2010 (20-over match)
Nepal innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
AK Mandal c †Perera b Weeraratne 0 5 0 0 0.00
MK Chhetri† run out (Dilhara) 3 13 0 0 23.07
P Khadka* b Mubarak 18 24 1 0 75.00
S Vesawkar c & b Bandara 4 10 0 0 40.00
G Malla c Bandara b Weerakoon 30 30 3 1 100.00
A Bhattarai b Dilhara 0 1 0 0 0.00
B Regmi lbw b Mubarak 1 5 0 0 20.00
BK Das b Dilhara 1 8 0 0 12.50
M Alam not out 7 16 0 0 43.75
RK Vishvakarma run out (Udana) 4 3 1 0 133.33
B Bhandari c Dilhara b Mubarak 1 3 0 0 33.33
Extras (lb 1, w 2) 3
Total (all out; 19.4 overs) 72 (3.66 runs per over)
Fall of wickets1-0, 2-3, 3-51, 4-57, 5-59, 6-63, 7-66, 8-67, 9-67, 10-72
Bowling O M R W Econ
S Weerakoon 3 0 18 1 6.00
HMCM Bandara 3 0 17 1 5.66
LHD Dilhara 4 0 19 2 4.75
I Udana 3.4 1 6 0 1.63
K Weeraratne 3 0 5 1 1.66
J Mubarak 3 0 6 3 2.00
Sri Lanka innings (target: 73 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
K Weeraratne c Vishvakarma b Bhattarai 6 12 0 0 50.00
HGJM Kulatunga c †Chhetri b Regmi 20 20 2 1 100.00
MDKJ Perera† c Regmi b Bhattarai 4 11 0 0 36.36
SI de Saram run out (Regmi) 1 4 0 0 25.00
J Mubarak* c Bhattarai b Khadka 3 7 0 0 42.85
CU Jayasinghe st †Chhetri b Regmi 2 6 0 0 33.33
KS Lokuarachchi not out 9 18 0 0 50.00
HMCM Bandara c Mandal b Khadka 1 5 0 0 20.00
LHD Dilhara st †Chhetri b Vishvakarma 10 13 0 1 76.92
S Weerakoon not out 13 17 1 0 76.47
Extras (b 2, w 2) 4
Total (8 wickets; 18.5 overs) 73 (3.87 runs per over)
Did not bat I Udana
Fall of wickets1-7, 2-31, 3-32, 4-32, 5-36, 6-41, 7-42, 8-56
Bowling O M R W Econ
BK Das 4 0 26 0 6.50
P Khadka 4 2 7 2 1.75
B Regmi 3 0 13 2 4.33
A Bhattarai 4 0 10 2 2.50
RK Vishvakarma 2 0 7 1 3.50
S Vesawkar 1 0 3 0 3.00
G Malla 0.5 0 5 0 6.00
Toss Nepal, who chose to bat
Series Sri Lanka advanced
Umpires Sarika Prasad (Singapore) and MV Ramesh (Singapore)
Match referee Aminul Islam (Bangladesh)
Reserve umpire L Chen