Aarif Sheikh and Karan KC – dubbed stars of the next generation of Nepali cricket – will join a 10-day training in Bangalore’s Just Cricket Academy in India.
Both cricketers are in the national team camp for the second round of selection for the ICC World Cricket League Division-III to be held in Malaysia from October 23-30. Just Cricket Academy is one of the most equipped academies in India.
The two will leave for Bangalore on September 26 and return on October 5. Coach Pubudu Dassanayake had planned to send the two teams for the training programme to provide them a better exposure in a better cricketing nation.
“They need exposure and hopefully they will get to learn the cricket culture of a Test playing nation,” said Dassanayake. The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is providing the two cricketers with Rs 100,000 for Academy fee and accommodations, while Zohra International has chipped in with two-way tickets for Bangalore.
Sheikh made his debut with the national team in the ACC Premier League which was held in Malaysia from May 1-7. He was able to earn praise with his body language and cricketing sense. His all round ability has already made him a name that is reiterated in Nepali cricket.
KC is an all rounder from Pokhara and a lot is expected from him after he caught the eyes of many with his physique and fiery pace during the Ncell Nepal Premier League held earlier this year. Both of the players played for Panchakanya Tez in the inaugural edition of NPL.
KC has been brought as a cover for experienced left arm seamer Amrit Bhattarai for Division-III. A place for KC could open for Division-III only if Bhattarai fails to prove his fitness. Bhattarai himself is making return to the national team after missing the ACC Premier League due to injury.