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Aarif to miss Nepal’s tour of Sri Lanka

Rising all rounder Aarif Sheikh will not join the national tam for it’s Sri Lanka tour with the youngster set to represent Nepal in the ACC U-19 Premier in Kuwait.


The ACC U-19 Premier begins from November 7-15, while the national team will leave for Sri Lanka on November 6. “He will be touring the U-19 side,” said national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake. Aarif has been named the vice-captain of the U-19 team.


“I am not sure but still have to discuss with CAN. I prefer him to finish the U-19 tournament and play one three-day match,” added the coach. Nepal’s Sri Lanka tour will begin with two three-day matches against Sri Lanka Development Squad followed by three Twenty20 Internationals against Hong Kong and one 50-over game against the same side.


The first three-day match is from November 9-11, while second three-day begins from November 15 and ends on 16th. Dassananayake first wants Aarif to get enough experience. Aarif so far has played two international tournaments for the senior side including the ACC Premier League and World Cricket League Division-III recently in Malaysia.


“He is a highly talented player. He can be one of the top players pretty easily but he needs more exposure at this level. Even though he did well in last ACC Tournament (Premier League) and local matches we played. He looks so solid.”


“But when you go to these pressure tournaments, the experience always matters a bit. So he was slightly behind on that (during Division-III). That is why  I want him to play lots of cricket as much as possible. He has to go every tour, from junior to senior level to get that exposure,” added the coach.


Dassanayake regretted for Aarif because the tournaments have clashed. “Unfortunately the two tours have clashed. It would have been lovely to see him playing the full U-19 and be able to get the senior team tour as well. Now he is missing the first game and I would still prefer him to be for the second three-day game, if it is possible but I haven’t discussed it with the CAN.”


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