The bilateral series between Nepal and Canada is set to commence, starting on February 8. Canada is touring Nepal for a three-match ODI series.
Both the teams are yet to face each other in ODI. This marks the first-ever ODI meeting between these two teams.
The inaugural match of the bilateral series is scheduled on Thursday, with the subsequent two other matches set to take place on the 10th and 12th of February.
Nepal vs Canada details:
Date: February 8 (Thursday)
Venue: TU Cricket Ground, Kritipur
Time: 9:15 AM (NST)
Live coverage: Action Sports HD and DishhomeGo in Mobile
Tickets: IME pay (You can also buy tickets at the entrance gate)
What to expect?
Nepal always delivers a commanding performance at the home ground. Meanwhile, Canada are coming after losing a final against Malaysia in a Hong Kong Tri-Series.
Nepal has revealed a squad featuring several new players, indicating that a couple of young talents are poised to earn their debut caps. It will be interesting to see how Canada contends against the formidable Nepalese team.
Canada has unveiled a strong 15-man squad for Nepal tour. Saad Bin Zafar will lead the side with experienced campaigners like Kaleem Sana, Aaron Johnson and Srimantha Wijeyratne. The team is also packed with young energy as well.
Canada Squad: Saad Bin Zafar (c), Kaleem Sana, Aaron Johnson, Dilon Heyliger, Dilpreet Bajwa, Harsh Thaker, Navneet Dhaliwal, Nicholas Kirton, Nikhil Dutta, Pargat Singh, Shahid Ahmadzai, Shreyas Movva, Ishworjot Sohi, Uday Bhagwan and Srimantha Wijeyratne.
Led by Rohit Paudel, Nepal has unveiled a 15-man squad that incorporates both young talents and fresh faces. Among them, Surya Tamang, Rijan Dhakal, Hemant Dhami, and Aakash Chand are yet to receive their national caps. Notably, Anil Sah, Pawan Sarraf, and Dev Khanal have also staged a comeback to the team.
Nepal Squad: Rohit Paudel (c), Aasif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Sompal Kami, Lalit Rajbanshi, Surya Tamang, Rijan Dhakal, Aarif Sheikh, Hemant Dhami, Aakash Chand, Anil Sah, Pawan Sarraf, Bhim Sharki, Dev Khanal, Kushal Malla
Surya Tamang is in line to earn his debut cap, and either Rijan Dhakal or Aakash Chand could also receive their first caps.
As per Google’s weather report, there is no chance of the match being interrupted due to rain. The average temperature in the day will be 18°C. The humidity is around 49% and the wind flow is 10 km/h.
However, there is a slight chance of the start being delayed due to a heavy frost on the ground.
First ODI – February 8 (Kirtipur)
Second ODI – February 10 (Kirtipur)
Third ODI – February 12 (Kirtipur)
Canada will have an extended stay in Nepal and are likely to play some matches with Nepal A. The Nepal A squad is expected to be announced soon.