Kathmandu – Nepalese Cricket team led by Skipper Paras Khadka will depart for Sri Lanka tour today for their high performance program starting from November 7 to 25.
Cricket Association of Nepal organised a programme at the Hotel Crowne Plaza, kathmandu today to bid farewell for the 15 member squad. Hon’ble Minister of Youth and Sports – Purushottam Paudel was also present in the programme along with the CAN Officials.
Skipper Paras Khadka, Basant Regmi, Pradeep Airee, Subash Khakurel and Bhuvan Karki were not present in the programme due to various reasons but the two new members Rajesh Pulami and Karan KC along with comeback man Anil Kumar Mandal, Vice Captain – Gyanendra Malla, Shakti Gauchan, Naresh Budhayair, Sagar Pun, Sompal Kami, Amrit Bhattarai and Binod Bhandari were present in the programme.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake spoke about the new challenges after the promotion to ICC World Cricket League Division two. “We are ready for the new challenges for the preparation of Division two. We will be playing three days matches for the first time which will be a new challenge for us. But we have the temperament and the skills to play. Though We have lost the service of Vesawkar due to the injury, our new generation boys have matured and will show what they are capable of.”
“We are very much committed to Cricket and results are coming therefore I would like to request the stakeholders to provide good bread and butters for the team.”, he further added.
Vice Captain Malla will not travel with the team today due to his personal issues. He is likely to miss the first match of the tour.
Nepal will play two 3-days game against Sri Lanka XI, three twenty20 international matches against Hong Kong and a single one-day match during 18 days long Asian Cricket Council’s high performance program for the preparation of ICC World Cricket League Division two