Hong Kong coach Aftab Habib, who proposed Nepali team skipper Binod Das to approach the English County, has again praised the fast bowler. On Wednesday, the Pakistan-born Habib — who played one Test match for England — compared Das with South African alrounder Shaun Pollock. Habib also inquired about Das’ family and game. Asked how he felt when Habib compared him with Pollock, Das said: “I am happy to be compared with such a great player.”
Match referee Abdul Sami of Pakistan banned the use of the cell phones during the match on Wednesday. Sami summoned the coaches, captains and team managers from both the sides and ordered them not to use the cell phones during the match. The match referee also checked the wicketkeepers’ gloves before the start of the match. This was the first time the keeping gloves were examined.
Problem in eye
While the Nepali team was playing against Kuwait on Wednesday, Nepali medium pace bowler Amrit Bhattarai was seen rubbing ice-pack on his eye for the whole day. Bhattarai has a little swelling over his eye and has been suffering from some problems with his right eye and doctors have advised him to rub ice over the effected area.
The Nepali team escaped with an accident in Malaysia on Wednesday. The accident took place few metres away from the Nepali team bus when the team was on its way to the Selangor Turf Club to play the fourth match of the ACC Trophy Elite Cup against Kuwait. This time around, a motorcycle hit a car, which was running parallel to the Nepali team bus. The players inside the bus got frightened. On Monday, a motorcycle had hit the Nepali team bus while the team was leaving for Kinara Oval to play against Singapore.
The Nepali dressing room on Wednesday was quite quiet. The reason was the absence of Sanjam Regmi. The one of the humorous characters of the team, Regmi was on the field today after he was included in the playing eleven in place of Basanta Regmi. Subhash Sharma, who attends every match of Nepal, also felt Sanjam’s absence. “The dressing room seems lifeless today,” he commented.