If the rumors are true and Vesawkar really doesn’t give up memories easily, today’s match against Scotland could reignite his rivalry with Moneeb Mohammed Iqbal. During 2004 U19 World Cup Vesawkar top scored for Nepal with 51 runs and it was Iqbal who got rid of him. Although not much of a bowler Vesawkar returned the favor in the same match getting Iqbal ,(who coincidentally was the top scorer for Scotland with 67) run out! Iqbal was not part of the 2 matches Scots lost, a change is likely.
During the match, Nepali Team will seek inspiration from Bermuda’s victory over Scotland as they on the gaunt looking Scots in the third match of ICC T20 Qualifiers. Beating Kenya in the previous match Nepali team (or at least the batsmen) will play with lot more belief on themselves. Victory against Scotland today would mean Nepal will maintain their overnight top of the table position and ensured entry to play offs.
Scotland which finished 5th in the last edition of the qualifier are having a horrible start- losing both their games they are second last on the table, only above Denmark. With the defeat against “minnows” Bermuda, Scotland team will be cautious when they take on Nepal. A loss to Nepal could mean end of World Cup hopes for Scotland.
Likely Changes- With opening failing once again, it likely that Nepal will go in with different opening pair but Pradeep Airee could still maintain his position! Scotland batting was troubled by Bermudan medium fast bowlers. With that pretext Nepal could go into this match with 2 front line seamers- Jitendra and Avinash(or Bhattarai), in that case either Binod Bhandari who hasn’t had a good record in the tournament so far could be dropped.
Although this is the first time Nepal is taking on Scotland at senior level, Nepal has played the Scotland U19 team as many as four time (winning twice and losing twice), thrice in U19 World Cup and once in U19 World Cup Qualifiers. Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer (2002, 2004), the leading run scorer Berrington(2006), experienced campaigners like Goudie(2004, 2006), MacLeod(2006) and Iqbal(2004) have played against Nepal U19, which included players of now Nepal senior team Gauchan(2002, 2004), Paras Khakda (2004, 2006), Basata (2004-2006), Vesawkar(2004,2006) during the U19 World Cups.
Subash Khakurel, Sagar Pun and Pradeep Airee were part of Nepal squad which took on Scotland in 2011 U19 World Cup Qualifier. MH Cross is the lone representative from then U19 Scotland side for Scotland.
ICC T20 Qualifier 2012 – Finished 5th
Qualification for T20 Qualifiers– Automatic Entry as they finished on top six of previous edition of tournament.
Although an experienced Squad they will rely heavily on players like Kyle Coetzer, Richie Berrington, Calum Macleod and Majid Haq! They have plenty of all rounders in their squad which suits the T20 kind of play