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Gyanendra replaces Paras as Nepali cricket's new leader

Oct 30, 2019 | CN Staff |

Gyanendra Malla has been appointed the captain of the Nepal national cricket team, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) said on Wednesday.


One of the five survivors of Nepal's longest serving national cricketers that also included Sharad Vesawkar, Binod Bhandari and Basanta Regmi, Malla will be replacing Paras Khadka who resigned from captaincy on October 15. He was tipped to be the second choice having already led the senior side in absence of Paras.

Gyanendra had led the senior side for the ICC World Cricket League Championship home matches against Kenya in 2017 and Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh, the same year. Paras had skipped both the fixtures due to fitness. Paras said he was the right person to lead.

"Congratulations to the most deserving person Gyanendra Malla on being appointed as the Captain of the Nepal cricket Team," Paras wrote in his multiple social media accounts sharing pictures of the newly appointed skipper.

"One (he is) who has served the country with great passion, discipline and commitment. I am very sure we will prosper under his leadership to new heights. It’s time to support each other and take Nepal cricket into brighter horizons," added Paras.

Defined as country's most technical batsman, Gyanendra has been the part of the national team that scaled newer heights and became a One Day International nation. With Gyanendra's promotion as the new captain, Dipendra Singh Airee will continue to be the vice-captain.

Dipendra had replaced Gyanendra as vice-captain when the latter skipped Nepal's recenty Twenty20 International Series tours of Oman and Singapore.



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