Air India team is expecting a good tournament when the Sagarmatha Cement Joureny To World Cup Cricket begins at the TU Stadium from Monday.
Nepali national team which is returning from their historic qualification in the ICC World Twenty20 will be up against Air India in the inaugural day match. Air India coach Tariq-ur-Rehman said he is taking the tournament seriously looking forward for a good tournament.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Nepal team for qualifying for the ICC World Twenty20. They are a very talented side and hope they would go bigger,” said Rehman.
“We have a decent side with three or four IPL (Indian Premier League) players. Since Nepal is playing good cricket from quite a few time we hope they could learn something from us and we could do the same playing against them,” added the Air India coach.
Air India team member Jagrit Anand — who had played from the Delhi District Association (DDCA) U-25 team against Nepal during the national team’s visit for 10-day New Delhi tour last month — expected a tough battle.
“I have played against Nepal. They are a very balanced side with good pace and spin attack along with some quality batsmen. I hope we are heading towards a good match tommorrow,” said Anand adding his side is the toughest one to play against.
“I have been associated with Air India team for a long time when they had some of the best players in India like Yubaraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif and others. It has been doing pretty good in the domestic cricket and we are going to play good cricket,” said Anand.
The Journey To World Cup features four teams including the national team’s from Nepal and Singapore along with Air India and Delhi Wanderers. The top two teams after a round robin league will meet in the final.