Cricnepal/Kathmandu – Asian Cricket Council (ACC) announced the date for the ACC Twenty20 Cup 2013 today. Ten non-test playing Asian Nations will play with each other for available three places for ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, from Asian region other than Afghanistan (who is already qualified due to their ODI status) from March 23 to April 1, 2013.
Nepal will battle at shortest form of the game with high level of confidence that they gained from last two big tournaments i.e. ICC World Cricket League Division IV and ACC Trophy Elite 2012. This tournament is single way to reach the ICC World Twenty20 Cup 2014 to be held in Bangladesh. Nepal, along with UAE, Afghanistan, Malaysia, HongKong, Oman, Kuwait, Maldives and top two from ACC Trophy Challenge 2012 will battle to earn the place for qualifier.
The Tournament will held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
ACC Twenty20 Cup is big advantage for Nepal as they were seriously preparing for ICC World Cricket League Division 4 will held in Bermuda from 28 April to 5 May 2013. Nepali team already started informal training with players available in Kathmandu. Coach Pubudu Dassanayake is in Kathmandu thus the formal training
will starts in few days.
In last edition of the same tournament, Nepal finished fourth and reached the qualifier where they finished seventh with the brilliant performance of skipper Paras Khadka and Shakti Gauchan. Since International Cricket Council (ICC),
increased participants number sixteen from twelve, Nepal senses good chance as they finished seventh in last edition of World Cup qualifier.
Pratap Dulal is freelance writer for Cricnepal