KATHMANDU: Indian cricket team skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has arrived in Kathmandu on a two-day visit on Saturday.
This is the first ever high profile visit to Nepal from a current captain of the ICC full-member nations.
The 2011 World Cup winning skipper is slated to spend some time with the Nepali U-19 team camp at the Tribhuvan University Stadium in Kirtipur, where he will also interact with officials from the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and national team members.
The U-19 team is preparing for the ACC U-19 Asia Cup to be held in Malaysia from June 23 to July 2.
After spending about two hours at the TU Stadium, Dhoni will join a joint reception from the Indian Embassy and CAN at the Hotel Yak & Yeti. According to the cricket governing body, Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai and other prominent personalities are expected to join the reception. The next morning Dhoni is scheduled to visit Pashupatinath temple before returning home.
CAN general secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel said the security has been beefed up for the Indian skipper’s Kirtipur visit.
“We have talked to all the security wings and Dhoni will get sufficient security required at the TU grounds. We are just awaiting his arrival now,” informed the CAN general secretary.
Dhoni is the third Indian skipper to visit Nepal.
Earlier, India’s 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev had visited Nepal during the Tempo Legend Cup in 1999 followed by Sunil Gavaskar in 2004.