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Oct 19, 2015 | Eddie Van Brooks |

Dilip Nath, Bikram Sob, Irshad Ahmed and Sandeep Lamichhane have reached the closest in their bid to get selected in the national team after they were named in the 20-member squad for the final round selection of the ICC World Cricket League Championship matches against Papua New Guinea.


Nepal are playing PNG on November 16 and 18 in the UAE in a busy opening three weeks of the month which will also see them playing a one-day game against Pakistan on November 8. Nepal will also play a two-day match against Hong Kong apart from playing 50-over match each against Danube-local club of UAE and Oman national team.


Dilip, a wicket keeper batsman, along with spinners Irshad and Sandeep and batsman Bikram have reached farthest in a tough road for their national team selection with Yagyaman Kumal also getting close.


Yagyaman, former U-19 seamer, previously made it to the final 18 before he was thrown out. The 20-member squad also gives an opportunity to Subash Khakurel, Naresh Budhayer, Prithu Baskota and Mehboob Alam to return to the side.


Subash had been a long time opener for Nepal until he was excluded from the side that face Scotland in the WCLC game in July, while Naresh last played in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 tournament in Nambia and Mehboob was a part of the team in Division 3 held in Malaysia.


Prithu has not been in the national team since the 2014 ICC World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand after injury sidelined him. Other members in the team include Paras Khadka, Sharad Vesawkar, Sagar Pun, Sompal Kami, Shakti Gauchan, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Mahesh Chhetri, Rajesh Pulami and Karan KC.


The second round of selection will be without Binod Bhandari, Pradeep Airee and Siddhant Lohani. CAN will now name a final 14-member squad after another round of selection.


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