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No one has pressurized me for not playing in ACPL: Bhupendra Thapa

Jun 20, 2017 | Kaushal Adhikari |

After the launching of the Asian Premier League T20 (APL T20), it has been surrounded by controversies after the national cricket players confirmed they were not participating in the tournament. The organizers held the auction where four Nepali cricketers, not from the national fold, were sold.

Dang and former Mid-western Region batsman Bhupendra Thapa was the most expensive player among the four cricketers who was sold for Nepal Storms. He was bought for the franchise for an amount of INR 100,000. Siddhant Raj Shahi, Amar Singh Routela and Rajbir Singh were also bought by Nepal Storms while former national team opener Paresh Lohani was drafted as Iconic player.

As the opening match between Nepal Strom and Dubai Warrior was postponed citing technical reasons, we got the opportunity to sit and have a talk with Bhupendra. Here is what he has to say about the tournament:

How much are you excited for this tournament?

I am very much. We can see many former and current senior players of different countries playing from different teams. This gives us a perfect platform to learn a lot of things. Apart from this, the tournament is pretty big, so we all are excited to be a part of it.

How did you get connected with this tournament?

To be honest, I played the IPCL in Ahmedabad in 2014 and managed to perform well in that tournament. The organizers were impressed by my performance. The IPCL organisers had connections with ACPL organizing company and that was how I got connected to this event.

It is said that the registration form for the ACPL auction had opened six months ago. Did you fill the form by paying $100?

Yes. I had filled the form paying 100 dollars after it had opened. We registered ourselves for auction in May.

Did other players fill the form after getting information from you?

Yes. All the three other players registered themselves for the tournament through me. I had also informed our senior national players about the tournament. They had told me that there is not sufficient information about the organisers so this might be the reason why they were not interested in this event.

What was the reaction from national team players?

As they wanted this tournament to come through an official medium, they were a bit skeptic about it. Registering the form paying a bill of $100 might be another reason for not showing up in the tournament because we are not used to paying that big amount to play any single tournament.

After the tournament was officially announced in Nepal, it has been surrounded by controversies. How is your relation with the organizers?

Actually, I do not know much about the organizers. I got information about this tournament and organizers from my friends of IPCL. My aim is to play for Nepal one day. I thought this tournament will benefit me in instilling more confidence in me, give me match experience and exposure.

How long did you prepare for this tournament?

I have done two weeks preparations for this tournament. Apart from the net sessions, I had worked for fitness and meditation work.

Did you get any pressure for not playing this tournament?

No. Not at all. I have not got any message or phone calls that prevented me from playing in this tournament. Neither a single member of Nepali cricket, senior players or coaches has pressurized me for not playing this tournament. No one has asked me why you joined this tournament or why you are playing this tournament.

How did you know that you were sold during the auction?

I got this information from media after the organizers flashed about me being sold out for Nepal Storms. 

Check out Bhupendra's video interview



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