Women cricketers to tour New Zealand

Kathmandu, May 3

Nepal APF Club's four women cricketers - Binu Budhathoki, Sita Rana Magar, Sarita Magar and Karuna Bhandari - are set to travel to New Zealand in September to play matches against local clubs.

APF's volunteer cricket coach, John Capps-Jenner from Great Britain, who is taking Nepali players to New Zealand along with 12 Bangladeshi women cricketers, said that the combined team of the two countries will play at least 10 matches during their New Zealand tour slated for September 12-29.

Capps-Jenner said that the team will play matches against local sides in Leeston, Mainpower Oval, Akaroa, Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Greymouth, and Queenstown. “Teaming up with Bangladeshi players, who are far better than Nepali cricketers, and playing alongside them against local teams from New Zealand will be a new experience for Nepali cricketers and that will ultimately help them,” said Capps-Jenner.

As per the tentative schedule, the team will reach Auckland on September 12 and move to Christchurch the next day. The combined team of Nepal and Bangladesh will play its first match at Leeston on September 15 before playing another game at the Mainpower Oval the following day. The team will then travel to Akaroa and play a Twenty20 match on September 18. The team will also travel to Hagley Oval, Christchurch, Greymouth and Queenstown to play matches.