Opinion

Keep up the great work cricketers

There is no doubt, the national cricket team of Nepal is on a roll. They continue to play with poise, confidence and discipline, something we did not see in the past.

The cricketers’ latest accomplishment in the ICC World Cup League Division Three in Bermuda speaks volumes of their potential to succeed in a challenging and competitive environment.

Before I proceed any further and without wasting any time, I would like to congratulate Team Nepal and the coaching staff on another successful championship, where they stood out and beat the odds.

Nepal made a remarkable comeback to win the championship, especially after conceding two successive matches. They were on the brink of not qualifying for the next league division.

They were in a situation where they had to win all of their remaining matches, and hoped that Bermuda would prevail over the United States.
As the saying goes,” Fortune favors the brave”. Nepali cricketers’ wheel of fortune turned in their favor much to everyone’s delight.

Bermuda got the better of the United States, and Nepal needed a big win against Italy, which they did.

Nepal assured of place in ICC World Cup League Division Second exacted revenge over Uganda to capture the Division Three title. More important, Nepal gets to play in the World Cup qualifiers in 2014 in New Zealand.

In my opinion this was the national team’s best ever performance in international cricket to date. What struck me most about players; they displayed plenty of confidence, maturity, fighting spirit and appetite for success.

Undisputably, it was a great sporting achievement that everyone should take pride of. They have truly made us and the country proud.

So what a dumb person like President of ANFA Ganesh Thapa undermined the accomplishment. He is just envious and a sore loser. I think he’s made a fool of himself.

Our cricketers have significantly developed as a team and individual players. Lately, at each tournament, we have witnessed their confidence grow and performance improve further. The progress is evident in results.

They deserve every bit of praise and credit they get. So does the Sri Lankan coach and his coaching staff for their tireless work. They have moved one step closer to realizing their long cherished dream, competing against the very best in the game.

We know the success achieved by the team has come through painstaking hard work, passionate pursuit of excellence and never give up attitude. Despite the sad state of affairs, it has not dampened the spirits of cricketers.

To Team Nepal, every success brings new challenges and hopes. Of course, meeting the new challenges is a tough and arduous task. The cricketers, however, have proven that success is attainable at any level with hard work, diligent effort, persistence and adequate international exposure.

That said, but it is easier said than done. Everyone agrees that the team really needs a good meaningful planning and preparation, including quality international exposure in order to stand a chance in the upcoming two internationals.

The two tournaments provide them with great opportunities to test and grow their skills. There should be no delay in preparing the team.

The Bermuda success euphoria has died down. Players, as expected, got heaps of praises, accolades and monetary incentives for their fantastic performance.

Now is the time to prepare for the new challenge. The first big litmus test for Team Nepal is the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers in the UAE later this year.Cricketers need to settle down and seriously work on their shortcomings. Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) cannot afford to sit back and do nothing.

They have to make every effort to help the team grow and attain more ambitious goals. The bigger question is: Can cricketers count on the cricket body? I guess you have the answer.

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