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Aasif, Jora back for crucial U-19 Asia Cup campaign

Aug 22, 2019 | CN Staff |

Aasif Sheikh and Sundeep Jora were brought back as Surya Tamang also sneaked in for Nepal's ACC U-19 Asia Cup campaign beginning from September 5 in Sri Lanka.

Aasif and Sundeep were both rested for Nepal's Eatern Region Tournament outing as coach Binod Das had decided to try out new players in Malaysia. On Thursday, both the players were brought back for a crucial tournament where Nepal are drawn against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia in the group stage.

After missing out on the 2020 U-19 World Cup qualification following a painful one-run loss to UAE in the Qualifiers, Asia Cup is the only remaining tournament for Nepal to thrive for. The return of Aasif and Jora meant exit of Bishal Bikram KC and leg spinner Tilak Bhandari.

U-16 skipper Bishal and Tilak had played their first tournament for Nepal in the Eastern Region tournament. Another batsman Lokesh Bam has secured his place after making a return in the Eastern Region where Surya was also kept out.

With the ACC U-19 squad allowing 15 players in the team, young Khadka Bohora has also been retained following an impressive performance in Malaysia. Rest of the members from the previous U-19 team were also retrained with Rohit Kumar Paudel leading the side.

Other players in the team included Rit Gautam, Pawan Sarraf, Bhim Sharki, Hari Bahadur Chauhan, Kushal Malla, Rashid Khan, Kamal Singh Airee, Sagar Dhakal and Pratish GC. Nepal are leaving for Sri Lanka on August 24 for a 12-day training camp prior to the tournament.

They will also play few practice matches to fine tune their preparations. Nepal's previous Asia Cup campaign had ended on a disappointment after they crashed to big defeats against Test sides India and Afghanistan.

That performance came a year after they made history by reaching first ever semi-final of the tournament following a stunning defeat of India – the only defeat over the cricketing giants in any format of the game.


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