Hong Kong Cricket Team is currently in Australia for a 9 day tour of Sydney(New South Wales) as preparation for the upcoming ICC World Cup Qualifying Tournaments. Nepal could soon have its share of playing in the fast Australian turf that-too set up perfectly just before the 50 over WC Qualifiers.
Nepal are likely to play practive matches against some of the top clubs in Melbourne and be part of training sessions in Australia just ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers that is scheduled for January in New Zealand.
Chris Harris has taken it on himself to manage practice matches for and training for Nepali Team in in Victoria. Harris is batting coach for Victoria and is currently in Nepal grooming Nepali Batsmen for ICC T20 Qualifiers.
Harris will be attempting to set matches with some of the clubs and some combined association teams in Melbourne.
“Nepali Players could be part training sessions of Melbourne Renegades” Harris told media in the press meet today.Melbourne Renegades are one of two Team from Victoria State that take part in KFC T20 Big Bash League. Harris worked with Renegades the last season.
Australian Aaron Finch, Peter Siddle and Sri Lankan spin legend Muthhiah Muralitharan are popular names in Renegades squad. It also includes names like James Pattinson,Ben Rohrer and Fawad Ahmed who have won International Caps for Australia. Tom Cooper who plays for Netherland is also part of Renegades.
National team coach Pubudu Dassanayake said that the practice matches in Australia is exactly what he was looking for his players ahead of the ODI Qualifiers.
Harris arrived Nepal on 1st October. Inital 3 days of his stay did not bear much fruit due to rain. But since four days Nepali Plyers and coaching staff have been learning from Harris.
Harris is about to complete his 10-day stay in Kathmandu and is set to return to his Australia on Friday.