Kathmandu – Nepali national cricket team left Kathmandu on Saturday to participate in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers to be held in UAE from March 13 to 24.
Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) bade farewell to the national team on Saturday amidst a function in the capital. The ceremony was joined by National Sports Council Member Secretary Yuvaraj Lama and CAN President Tanka Aangbuhang. Lama and Angbuhang shared their best wishes to the team.
Nepal is placed in the group ´A´ of the tournament with Netherlands, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Bermuda and Denmark while Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy and the USA are in the group ´B´.
Two teams reaching the final will participate in the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7 this year. Skipper Paras said we had a good practice, match exposure and we should utilize it. “It is a big tournament but we have to be aware. We first have to target the second round as the format itself gives us two or three chances,” said Paras.
Team coach Pubudu Dassanayake said he wants to take the Qualifiers as an achievement and do their best to participate in the World Cup. “It is a tough job but we have an improved Twenty20 team. We will take every game once at a time,” said the Sri Lanka-born Canadian. Dassanayake said he was aware of his opponents.