Monty Desai, the head coach of Nepal’s National Men’s team, views the upcoming One-day Internationals series against Canada as a valuable platform preceding the Cricket World Cup League 2.
“This Canada series is a good opportunity for us where we wanted to see a few more new faces. Rijan Dhakal, the left arm seamer, Akash Chand, who did very well in under-19. Dev Khanal, Surya Tamang with the effort which he put in and few more faces you know we have done well have picked in this Squad. Anil Sah, for example you know, who was part of the ODI team before, and with the amount of runs which he scored in PM cup, he’s well rewarded for this,” Desai said on an interview with Hamrokhelkud.
“There are many more faces who were discussed, and many more faces have done well in Prime Minister cup so they are not ignored. We obviously will be looking forward to also having a bigger probable squad for picking up an ‘A’ team which will also play against Canada so that is also something which we looking forward to,” he further said.
“At the moment, I think our Focus will be completely on our players because for us this is now the growth opportunity with few new faces at the same time a four cycle. We want to start well. These three ODI games against Canada is also going to be a platform for a CWC League 2, which is happening after couple of days after we finish with Canada.”
“The message is very clear that we never want to be in that situation again like last year. Yes we are proud about those 11 wins and all that stuff but those achievements now are in past, we happy about it we are proud about it but I think now what is important is that we keep connecting to our deepest identity which is fair competitor and obviously we want to we have a goal we have a mission, vision. Mission obviously is to become a test team one day but I think in this four cycle we want to show that we could be also one of the number one associate teams and that’s the journey that we want to be on and if we have connected to our deepest identity very well then it means that against team like Namibia and Netherlands who have done so well in associate Cricket we need to start well with them. We need to win those games with the right attitude of course.”
“I think, winning mentality is important the how the game unfolds is process driven. Players know their roles well and if they all deep dive again to their roles and keep repeating the good things that we have done, most of the times we should be able to get the desired results at home so that is again an advantage at TU ground so again it’s an advantage of having our 12th men who come in large numbers and support us so I think those advantages we need to take benefit of.”
Interview source Hamrokhelkud.