taking on the United States of America in their opening encounter of the
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Belfast, Ireland on Friday.
between an experienced Nepali side which is yet to prove itself with the
bat and a fresh-looking USA side will be a reality check for both teams
before tough fixtures pop out their way. While bowling always has been
an asset for Nepal, they have not been a stronger batting unit as
suggested by the recent stats. Skipper Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla and
Sharad Vesawkar will once again be the key men for Nepali batting order
which is dying to see a good start from their openers Subash Khakurel
and Sagar Pun.
Pubudu Dassanayke wants his team to get off to a winning start shrugging
off any anxiety the team might face considering the gravity of the
tournament which sends six teams into the ICC World Twenyt20. "There
is nothing as such," Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com ahead of the match when asked how
anxious his team has been. "We're use to this (big tournament) now.
We all know what it takes to do well in this type of tournament,"
added the coach.
first target is to win three games that will send us into the second
round. USA is one of our targeted teams out of three," the coach
said. Nepal's bowling will much depend on how the Sompal Kami and Karan
KC handled themselves in the seaming and wet conditions at the Civil
Service Cricket Club in Stormont.
headed into the Qualifiers leaving behind their seven key members --
particularly aggressive opener Stevan Taylor who has now signed for a
Caribbean Premier League team. The absence of their key players, who in
the past had produced many good results for USA, will be a huge sigh of
relief for the Nepali camp.
also be a crucial match for the Americans who now wait for their fate in
the transition period of their own cricket with the International
Cricket Council suspending its cricket governing body.
Nepal probable XI :- Subash Khakurel (wicket keeper), Sagar Pun, Gyanendra Malla, Paras Khadka (captain), Sharad Veswkar, Binod Bhandari, Rajesh Pulami Magar / Pradeep Airee, Bashant Regmi, Som Pal Kami, Shakti Gauchan, Karan KC