Nepali U-19 Cricket team left for Ireland on Sunday Evening to play ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier 2011. Nepal is to take on Afghanistan on July 28 in the opening match.
Cricket Association Nepal (CAN) bade farewell to the team on Sunday amidst a function held at the Nepal Sports Council, Tripureshwor. During the farewell, the member secretary of National Sports Council Yubaraj Lama and the president of CAN Binaya Raj Pandey wished the Nepali squad a success.
“The team preparation has been fantastic. We can get good results from the team,” said Pandey.
“Seeing the practice and the play of the team, I think they will score runs, take wickets and win the matches. I understand the condition is different to Ireland as the wickets there are a bit fast. But I am sure our boys are capable of adjusting on every conditions.” added the coach, Jagat Tamata.
Prithu Baskota, the skipper added “We are mentally prepared to adjust with the conditions there at Ireland. Boys have worked hard during the close camp of one and half months. It’s a team game, we hope we can qualify.”
The team is said to take on Namibia as a practice match on 26th of July before the start of the tournament. Nepal along with nine other teams are participating in the qualifiers out of which the top six teams will fix their spot for the U-19 World Cup to be held in Australia next year.