Paras Khadka says won't play ACC Emerging Teams Cup
KATHMANDU: Nepal's national team skipper Paras Khadka said that he will not play in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup 2017, which will be held in Bangladesh from 25 to April 3.
Talking to the media at the TU Stadium after Nepal's second fifth-round match of the ICC WCL Championship against Kenya today, Khadka, who underwent surgery to treat appendicitis in February, said he will take rest for one more month.
According to him, he is currently in a rehab process. "I should be fit in a month," he said.
National teams of Nepal, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Afghanistan and the U-23 teams from the four Test-playing nations of the region -- India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh -- are taking part in the event.
Khadka missed both the matches against Kenya in the home ground due to health issues.
Khadka said he did not risk playing today because any strain during the game could complicate the situation and could lead to another surgery. According to him, he had informed the management about his condition but they wanted him to stay in the dressing room.
The Captain Cool, however, made his visible presence in the dressing room and ground today, and boosted the morale of his teammates.
Instead of carrying ball and bat, the all-rounder was seen holding water bottles in his hands when he entered the ground during breaks.
Khadka joined the teammates during celebration after Nepal's comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Kenya and greeted the supporters in the home ground.
Khadka lauded team’s performance against Kenya.
“Everybody gave their best and I am happy that youngsters are coming up," he said.
"The way Gyanendra Malla took the team to victory was incredible and Dipendra Singh Airee played good innings. Sharad Vesawkar bowled really well and Mahaboob Alam’s spell was crucial in team’s victory,” he added.