All about Manoj Prabhakar : Newly appointed coach of Nepal

August 10, 2022 | LetzCricket Team

Cricket association of Nepal (CAN) has recently appointed former Indian cricketer Manoj Prabhakar as the coach of Nepal national cricket team. Prabhakar who wasn't even in the list of probable, was appointed after Board of Control for Cricket in India BCCI's recommendation.

CAN was looking for a coach after Pubudu Dasanayake resigned and joined Canadian cricket team. As per CAN president Chatur Bahadur Chand, former Indian allrounder Chetan Sharma was the one who recommended the name of Manoj Prabhakar.

Career Full of Controversies

It was in 1999, when Prabhakar was found guilty of match fixing. Prabhakar had claimed that a number of cricketers from Indian team were involved in match fixing including legendary Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Kiren More and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Eventually, Prabhakar himself was found guilty to have fixed a match against West Indies. Manoj Prabhakar was then banned by BCCI in 2000. 

However, the ban was lifted after 6 years. Prabhakar had played 39 test matches and 130 ODI matches before getting banned.

In 2011, the then coach of Delhi Ranji Team, Prabhakar criticized players and selectors. Consequently, he was sacked 2 days before Ranji Trophy started.

Prabhakar as a Player

Manoj Prabhakar opened both the bowling and batting for Indian team in test cricket for a record 21 times and in ODI cricket for a record of 45 times. This shows his capability with both bat and ball. Prabhakar's last match for his country was against Srilanka in 1996 Cricket world CUp when he scored just 7 runs and gave away 47 runs from his 4 overs. He could never make a comeback to the national side after that match.

He was a popular name in the 1990s and was known for his allround abilities. He has scored 1600 runs for India in test cricket while accumulating 1858 runs in ODIs. Prabhakar has 96 wickets in test matches from 39 matches. He has picked up 157 wickets in ODIs from 130 matches in his cricketing career.

Prabhakar as a Coach

Manoj Prabhakar was the bowling coach of Delhi when the team won Ranji Trophy in 2008. He server as the bowling coach of Afghanistan in 2015 and also coached the team in 2016 T20 World Cup. 7 years after leaving the association with Afghanistan, he has now joined Nepali cricket as a head coach.

Prabhakar has expressed his excitement to start his job in the cricket loving himalayan country. "The passion towards cricket in Nepal, considering the level of skills and talent, I am really excited to strengthen the cricket culture and structure in Nepal."

As per the reports, Prabhakar has been signed for 15 thousand dollars. Previously, Pubudu Dasanayake was given 12 thousand dollars. CAN had already clarified that they wont compromise on pay scale for deserving candidate.