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National team satisfied with Emerging Teams Cup outing

Apr 01, 2017 | Kaushal Adhikari |

The national cricket team has returned home following its participation in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh.

Speaking to cricketingnepal.com, skipper Gyanendra Malla said he was satisfied by the performance from the team. Nepal had lost to U-23 teams of Pakistan and Bangladesh before comprehensively beating Hong Kong by seven wickets in the final Group 'B' match.

“We could have easliy reached the semis defeating Test nation Bangladesh. We were in a good situation but could not capitalize on the chances that came our way," said Gyanendra. “I think this tournament gave more exposure to our youngsters.”

Coach Jagat Tamata was not satisfied with the end result but expressed content over a decent display against Pakistan and Bangladesh. “As per the result I am not much satisfied because we lost the match against Bangladesh which was in our hand. Apart from it, the boys played well and if we get to play more game with Test playing nations we will reach new height.”

Nepal had left for the tournament without injured skipper Paras Khadka, while they also rested experienced bowlers in Basanta Regmi, Shakti Gauchan and seamer Sompal Kami.

The tournament was particularly a dream outing for new found batting talent Dipendra Singh Airee who slammed two half centuries in the tournament.


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