Three Nepali cricketers to join Sehwag Academy

Kathmandu, December 18

Three Nepali cricketers are set to join Sehwag Cricket Academy in New Delhi for a month-long training.

National U-19 team head coach Binod Das said the three players received certain scholarships from the Academy, run by legendary Indian cricket player Virendra Sehwag, while Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation took the responsibility of the remaining amount.

The U-19 team members Rit Gautam and Trit Raj Das will be joined by rookie Bhupendra Kumar Upreti in the camp. “This is the first time we are sending the players to the Academy and we hope these cricketers can benefit from the training which will be useful for Nepal’s cricket in future,” said Das at a press meet on Tuesday. “We have taken it as an experiment but I am sure these players will get good exposure in the camp which will definitely help them in upcoming international events,” added the former national team skipper.

Das said the players were picked up as per their potential. “Gautam and Das have already played for Nepal U-19 side, while Upreti is a passionate cricketer with loads of talent. He approached us and we decided to send him to India after assessing his talent and passion towards the game,” added Das, who thanked the Sehwag Cricket Academy for supporting Nepali cricket.

Member Secretary of Sushil Koirala Memorial Foundation Atul Koirala said the gesture was the continuation of last year’s support for U-16 cricketers. “We are here to show path and the players need to do the rest on their own. As cricketing is gaining craze in Nepal, we will continue our support in the sport,” said Koirala. “This is an opportunity for young cricketers and our support is also to inspire new generation.”

Cricketer Trit Raj Das said the training was a great opportunity for them. “The month-long training at Sehwag Academy is a great opportunity for us and we hope to improve a lot after the completion of the course,” he added.