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Who's winning Pokhara Premier League? Lets hear it from the players

Dec 14, 2019 | CN Staff |

As Nepal's famoust tourist destination Pokhara braces for the second edition of the Pokhara Premier League, the six franchises are gearing up to get hands to the trophy worth Rs 2.7 million. 

Ahead of the tournament, the players were staking their claims to emerge out as the champions in what is Nepal's one of top Twenty20 leagues. Here is how captains and players have to say about the PPL and their chances in the tournament:    

Sompal Kami (Butwal Blasters)

The preparation has gone really well for us. We had made a good start last year but once we started losing we lost that momentum as well and never succeeded in making a comeback. We are sure this is not going to happen this time around. The boys are fit and the arrival of few Under-19 cricketers has added more athleticism in the field. Our target is to win the title but it all depends on how we are going to enjoy our game. We just want to create a great environment there as a team.

Yes, we don't have big foreign names who are yet knocking doors of Indian domestic circuit. But after spending few times with them, we have come to know that they are perfectionist players. It could be their bad luck for not being able to make it big in India but we are sure they are going to rock here in Pokhara. They know their game and play by plan which is the biggest requirement for us in Twenty20 format. I am sure them being unknown to many is going to be a big advantage for us.

Gyanendra Malla (Kathmandu Golden Warriors)

After the arrival of Subash Khakurel and Amrit Bhattarai along with some other players, there is experience in the team as well. The combination looks well and we have all the bases covered. I have been in a good touch as well but I need to convert them into big scores. There are other domestic cricketers who have been consistently playing the game and there are players making comeback, we are looking forward to their performance.

We have three players (Gaurav Tomar, Jaykishan Kolsawala and Subodh Bhati) who are set in Nepal's domestic cricket but it all depends on how they fit in in the team composition. They have been with us for the last few years and there is a certain level of understanding among us. Our target is to win the title this time but we would like to take one match at a time. Since the table toppers are guaranteed the final sport and next two have to fight in the playoffs, every is going to be very important for us.

Dipendra Singh Airee (Dhangadhi Blues)

The team looks good so far. The domestic players have been consistently gaining experience from the franchise competitions and there are few players in the national team squad. We have to look at the ground conditions and plan our game accordingly and we are hopefully that we can get one step better this time.

The home-grown players are doing well in the training. The squad is quite young and this will help us in the field. I have not been able to gel up with the foreign recruits and lets see how the tournament goes for us.

Binod Bhandari (Pokhara Paltan)

We were in the South Asian Games but we were mentally prepared that we have to play this tournament. The local players are also doing well and the SA Games also helped the national players remain in touch with the game. We are hopeful that, PPL is going to be a good outing for us. We don't have big foreign names this time (except for Ravi Inder Singh) but the home-grown players are very good. We are yet to fix one more foreign player.

Being defending champions doesn't mean that we have to win the tournament every time, so there is no pressure on us. The fact is when we go out for any match, we have to play to win. The tournament is going to be competitive and I personally have to do very well to match the performance of other players.

Pradeep Airee (Biratnagar Titans)

Being the captain in a franchise Twenty20 competition has made me more excited. This is new challenge for me and I have to prove myself and also a good opportunity to make a comeback in the national team. We are here to win the trophy. The boys are mentally prepared. We want to see how we do every game and play according to the situations.

The team combination is very good. Its better than how it was last year. We lacked finishing last year but I think that problem is addressed by the arrival of foreign players. Not having tear away fast bowlers is not the issue for us because we can succeed only if we bowl at the right spot. There is no pressure to perform for being a captain. Its all about how you think. More than pressure this is an opportunity.

Paras Khadka (Pokhara Rhinos)

In the context of domestic cricket, premier leagues are something that all the fans wait for with enthusiasm. For the players, it’s a great platform. We are looking forward to the second edition of the Pokhara Premier League. Its good to come to Pokhara because this is best city in the country. A cricket environment has already been created here. The tournament was quite competitive last year and all the teams look very balanced this year as well.

Rhinos are almost the same squad. We have one new foreign recruit and there is Sunny Patel who was adjudged the best player last year. Babar Hayat and Rohan Mustafa are two very experienced players in Associate cricket. There is Karan (KC), Aarif (Sheikh), Sumit (Maharjan), Anil (Sah), Ramnaresh Giri, Bikram Sob, Bikram Bhushal who always do well in domestic cricket. We have a good team and so are the other teams. Its all about execution now.


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