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Raju, Sandeep, Sushan earn first call-up

Apr 07, 2016 | Eddie Van Brooks |

The Independent Selection Panel for Nepal's ICC World Cricket League Championship matches against Namibia announced the final 14-member squad for the home matches on April 16 and 18.


Sandeep Lamichhane bowls a delivery during a training session at TU Cricket Ground on Thursday, March 7, 2016.                     Photo :- cricketingnepal.com

 

U-19 skipper Raju Rijal, leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and left arm spinner Sushan Bhari Shrestha were the new faces named by the Panel that includes skipper Paras Khadka, coach Jagat Tamatta and ACC Development Officer Venkatapathy Raju.

 

Raju was impressive in the recently ICC U-19 World Cup where Sandeep had taken the tournament by surprise as the second leading highest wicket taker. Bhari is said to have been impressive lately, giving a fine performance in knock out games and closed-camp.

 

Susan Bhari bowls a delivery during a training session at TU Cricket Ground on Thursday, March 7, 2016.                                  Photo :- cricketingnepal.com


The squad also sees the return of hard hitting Binod Bhandari who was out of the national team due to a poor form that he carried during Nepal's disastrous tour of Ireland last year.

 

The biggest setback for Nepal would be the absence of experienced openers Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal with both batsmen sustaining injuries. Naresh Budhayer and Sagar Pun will now be tipped to open the innings for Nepal.

 

Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Vesawkar, Sompal Kami, Basanta Regmi, Shakti Gauchan, Rajesh Pulami Magar and Karan KC are the other members in the team.

 

Nepal are currently at the bottom of the eight-team World Cricket League Championship which provides the top four nations an automatic berth for the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifiers.


Raju Rijal, wicket-keeper batsman dives to catch ball during a training session at TU Cricket Ground on Thursday, March 7, 2016.                     Photo :- cricketingnepal.com


Squad for match against Namibia.

1. Paras Khadka (captain)
2. Raju Rizal (wicket keeper)
3. Sandeep Lamichhane
4. Sushan Bhari
5. Gyanendra Malla 
6. Sagar Pun
7. Naresh Budhayer
8. Sharad Vesawkar 
9. Binod Bhandari 
10. Basant Regmi 
11. Shakti Prasad Gauchan 
12. Sompal Kami 
13.Karan KC 
14. Rajes Pulami

Reserve Players
1. Dipendra Singh Airee
2. Prem Tamang
3.Bikram Sob
4. Anil Mandal




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