Finally hard work paid off for Karan KC. The big man from Pokhara made headlines soon after he was picked up for the ICC World Cricket League Division-III final 18. He was out from Division-III and the well built guy sneaked into the national squad for Sri Lanka tour where he bowled his heart out got wickets and impressed whom he has to.
Karan performed and he delivered. He will now be the one wearing the blue and red winning a spot in the ICC World Cricket League Division-II – an all important tournament for Nepal in its cricketing history.
"He has bowled with a positive approach during the three-day matches (during Sri Lanka tour). I am happy with his performance and want to see more from him," coach Pubudu Dassanayake said after the 14-member final squad was announced on Wednesday.
Along with Karan, Rajesh Pulami Magar also impressed a lot during the Sri Lanka tour. Rajesh got amongst the runs and was a savior for Nepal in three-day games but he was unfortunate not to find a spot because Sharad Vesawkar is back in the team.
Sharad underwent a surgery for his piles – a diseased that had troubled him for long. And doctors said he is now ready to get back onto the field. The big omission was the exclusion of Mehboob Alam who didn't have much of cricket despite being in the team for the last three tournaments – ACC Premier League, Asian Games and Division-II.
Ramnaresh Giri and Rahul Kumar BK were also kept reserves. Aarif Sheikh once again won his spot in the team along with Bhuwan Karki and the returning Amrit Bhattarai.
Other names included in the Division-II squad are skipper Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Subash Khakurel, Basanta Regmi, Shakti Gauchan, Sagar Pun, Binod Bhandari, Naresh Budhayer and Som Pal Kami.