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A proving time for rookie seamer Jitendra

Seamer Jitendra Mukhiya was impressive when he bowled few excellent death overs during the recently concluded Pepsi Standard Chartered National Twenty20 Cricket Tournament while playing for Birgunj.

A former U-19 bowler Jitendra was appreciated a lot with his consistent yorkers that caught the attention of selectors. His impressive run-of-form in the close-camp also earned a lot of praise from teammates and most importantly coach Pubudu Dassanayake who finally gave him a call-up for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers to be held at the United Arab Emirates from November 15-30.

Jitendra’s inclusion in the team comes as a part of Dassanayake’s plan to head towards the Twenty20 Qualifiers with three seamers. Experienced Amrit Bhattarai and in-form Avinash Karn were unanimous pick for Dassanayake and to replace another experienced seamer Chandra Sawad in itself is a huge achievement for Jitendra.

However, Jitendra still has a long way to go with the Twenty20 Qualifiers just one month away. Nepal are set to leave for 10-day practice tour of New Delhi — a tour which Dassanayake believes is a proving tour for the right-arm seamer.

“Jitendra was impressive in the last two or three weeks. He is one of the bowlers who can consistently bowl yorkers and he was good in death overs during the National Twenty20 game,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com about the fast bowler.

“He (Jitendra) has not been tested against a quality side and the Indian tour will be a good platform for him to prove himself. His future also depends on how he does in the Indian tour,” added the coach.

Dassanayake said Nepal is heading towards a huge selection headache for the future with a chunk of fast bowlers popping out in the cricketing scene. “There are lots of bowlers who have shown a lot of promise in the National Twenty20,” said Dassanayake.

“There is Som Pal (Thapa) from Kathmandu, Nijamuddin Halwai from Nepalgunj, Ram Naresh Giri and few other bowlers as well. This could pose as a selection headache for future tournaments but is a positive sign as well,” Dassanayake added.

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