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Naresh Budhayer to play for Canada’s president XI

Former Nepalese cricketer, Naresh Budhayer has been selected to play for Canada’s president XI in the upcoming national high-performance championship.

Canada Select, President XI, and U-25 Canada will compete in the series. 13 man squad is unveiled by the teams under the captaincy of Navneet Dhaliwal, Saad Bin Zafar and Harsh Thaker respectively.

Budhayer, who was born in Kanchanpur moved to Canada in 2016 and gave up his Nepali citizenship in 2022 to switch his nationality to become a Canadian. He then became head coach of Bloomfield Cricket Academy, a Toronto-based club owned by Former Nepal national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake.

Pubudu Dassanayake

The right-handed opening batsman made his debut for Nepal against Bahrain in 2009. Budhayer was also part of Nepal’s squad in the historic 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. However, He became famous among Nepalese supporters after scoring a century against New Zealand in the warm-up match of the 2012 U-19 world cup.

The 30 years old used to play for Tribhuwan Army in domestic cricket. Having played four T20I matches for Nepal, he just has seven runs in his account.