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Four players likely to get a first call-up for Nepal A

After a historic first-ever series against Canada in February, the Nepal A team is set to play their second One Day and first T20 series. Ireland A (Wolves) is touring Nepal for eight matches.

Ireland A will play two T20 matches against Nepal before playing three-match One Day and T20 series each against Nepal A. On Monday, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) revealed the 40-man preliminary squad for the series against Ireland A.

The Nepalese side will be engaged in a T20 Tri-Series with Indian state teams – Baroda and Gujrat. Hence, The Nepalese players who are focused on the 50-over format may be seen playing for Nepal A against Ireland Wolves. Moreover, several young players may also get a chance in a 20-over game. Here are four players likely to be in the team for the Ireland series: 

1. Kamal Singh Airee

Kamal Singh Airee confirmed that he is fully fit and ready for selection. Notably, he has been spotted bowling in practice sessions and has earned a spot in the 40-man squad. Airee has consistently showcased his abilities whenever given the opportunity.

Given the current form of Nepalese pacers, Airee is regarded as a significant asset in fast bowling. He has a good experience of already playing for the senior side. Therefore, he could gain valuable match exposure with the Nepal A team, especially coming back after a long injury.

2. Narayan Joshi

Narayan Joshi is another player expected to make it into the squad. Hailing from Sudurpaschim, Narayan has been delivering impressive performances in the domestic circuit.

Joshi is a fast-bowling all-rounder known for his hard-hitting ability in the lower order. He has the capability to unleash big shots and bowl at a good pace. Narayan has valuable experience playing for various franchise leagues including Nepal T20 and EPL.

3. Dipesh Kandel

Dipesh Kandel can be a player who could feature in either One Day or T20 series. Following an impressive showing in the U19 campaign, Kandel swiftly returned to domestic cricket at a high level of performance.

Coming from the Koshi province, Kandel is a promising young left-arm spinner who can also make valuable contributions with the bat.

4. Dipendra Rawat

Dipendra Rawat is another player who may receive his first call-up to the Nepal A side. Hailing from Karnali, Rawat is a left-arm spinner who has been instrumental in bolstering Karnali’s spin department. Rawat has also been excelling in domestic tournaments, and a notable aspect is his ability to make contributions with the bat.

Noticeably, Nepal’s emphasis in the 50-over format has been on players such as Dev Khanal, Aarif Sheikh, and Bhim Sharki, who are likely to feature prominently in One Day matches.