52 cricketers picked up for Super League
Kathmandu, January 17
A three-member committee today picked up 52 players for the Super League cricket matches to select players for two List A matches of the ICC World Cricket League Championship against Kenya.
The matches between Nepal and Kenya are slated to be held at the Tribhuvan University Stadium on March 11 and 13. The Super League matches will be played from January 19-24 at the same venue.
National cricket team head coach Jagat Tamatta, skipper Paras Khadka and U-19 coach Binod Das picked up the players based on their performance last year in the senior team and U-19 team, according to Tamatta. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the responsibilities to Tamatta, Khadka and Das to select the players in the absence of Cricket Association of Nepal.
Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi, Sompal Kami, Sagar Pun, Anil Kumar Mandal, Rajesh Pulami Magar, Bikram Sob, Subash Khakurel, Sunil Dhamala, Sandeep Lamichhane, Aarif Sheikh, Raju Rijal, Binod Bhandari, Avinash Karn, Predeep Airee, Sushan Bhari, Dipendra Sing Airee, Mehboob Alam, Mahesh Chhetri, Naresh Budhayer, Siddhant Lohani, Sandeep Sunar, Lalit Singh Bhandari, Jitendra Mukhiya, Dilip Nath, Aadil Khan, Kamal Singh Airee, Aasif Sheikh, Dipesh Shrestha, Kishore Mahato, Bikram Kumar Bhusal, Sushant Singh Thapa, Manjeet Shrestha, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Dhungana, Prem Tamang, Bhuban Karki, Hari Shankar Sah, Prithu Baskota, Sonu Tamang, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Ramnaresh Giri, Sushil Kandel, Amit Shrestha, Pawan Sarraf, Abhinash Bohara, Kushal Bhurtel, Amar Singh Routela and Suwarnakar Uraw were selected for the Super League.
The players will be divided into four groups and every team will play one match against three other teams. Tamatta informed that a total of 24 players will be called for the closed camp training after the Super League.
“ICC had asked for 24 players for the closed camp training but we decided to hold the event as we were unable to organise the selection tournament,” said Tammatta, who also added that they have asked funds from ICC for the tournament. The ICC, which suspended Cricket Association of Nepal in April last year, has been interfering Nepal’s cricket for long as it was directly involved in the selection process of national teams for WCL Championship matches against Namibia and the Netherlands besides U-19 and women’s team.