CRICKET Papua New Guinea announced yesterday that Dipak Patel had left his position as the country’s head coach last Friday.
“Cricket PNG would like to confirm that Patel had left his position as the head coach after both parties could not agree to terms with an extension to his contract,” CPNG chief executive officer Greg Campbell said.
“Dipak’s contract was up for renewal as he was contracted to Cricket PNG until the Aug 25. There was been talk of an extension to his contract but unfortunately both parties could not come to an agreement. These negotiations have been ongoing since March this year.”
During his tenor as CPNG’s head coach, Patel played a major role in the development of the PNG Barramundis who are currently in second place on the ICC World Cricket League Championships (WCLC) with two rounds to go. Other highlights have been:
- the Barramundis winning their first one day international series against Hong Kong in Townsville, Australia in Nov, 2014;
- the Barramundis winning their debut ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICUP) match against the Netherlands in June, 2015;
- the Barramundis finishing third at the 2016 South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Premier League;
- The Barramundis remaining undefeated at home beating Namibia in the ICC ICUP and Kenya and Namibia in the WCLC;
- the Barramundis defeating English county team, Yorkshire in a two-Day fixture in United Arab Emirates in March and;
- the Barramundis defeating the ACT XI in the Prime Minister’s XI curtain raiser in February.
“On behalf of the Cricket PNG board, management, staff and the cricket community, we would like to thank Dipak for his services to cricket in PNG and we wish him all the best for his future,” Campbell said.