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Recall for former national trio as Hari new face in closed-camp

Jul 06, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |
Hard hitting batsman Binod Bhandari, former openers Subash Khakurel and Pradeep Airee made comebacks as Province 4 cricketer Hari Chhetri was the new name called up to national team closed-camp in a 20-member preliminary squad for Nepal's upcoming tour of England and the Netherlands. 

All three former national team trio -- Bhandari, Subash and Pradeep -- had impressed with their performance in the recently concluded Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament, while Chhetri has emerged as the new face of Nepali cricket after slamming a century and picking up five wickets with a hat-trick in a single match.

Nepal are scheduled to play against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Netherlands in a one day Triangular Twenty20 Tournament at the Lord's on July 29. They will then travel to the Netherlands for their first ever One Day International Series after achieving the status from ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. 

While Pradeep hasn't played for Nepal for the last three years, Bhandari was out from the national side after he continuously failed to contribute to the team, especially in the World Cricket League Championship (WCLC). He was ignored for Nepal's ICC World Cricket League Division 2 campaign in Namibia and World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. 

An injury-blighted Subash has been in and out from the team due to his injuries. Sunil Dhamala has also found a place in the team while Dilip Nath has been axed out. The final 15 members will be named after the conclusion of the closed-camp.

Anil Kumar Sah, Basanta Regmi, Gyanendra Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Paras Khadka (captain), Karan KC, Rohit Kumar Poudel, Lalit Singh Bhandari, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Aarif Sheikh, Shakti Prasad Gauchan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sharad Vesawkar, Sompal Kami and Sushan Bhari are others in the 20-member squad.

The selection committee is headed by Aminul Islam (ICC Representative), Jagat Tamatta(head coach) and Paras (captain). The closed-camp will kick off from Saturday at the TU grounds. 

Nepal are making their return to the iconic Lord's cricket ground -- often called the Mecca of Cricket -- after they played against MCC two years ago to mark the 200-year relationship between Nepal and the United Kingdom. 


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