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Kamal gets first call-up, Kushal prepares for ODI debut

Jan 24, 2020 | CN Staff |

Medium pace allrounder Kamal Singh Airee gets his first national team call-up and Kushal Malla prepares for One Day International debut as Nepal announced a 14-member final squad for the Tri-nation Series of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 scheduled for February 5-12.

Nepal are hosting the series that will also involve the United States of America and Oman with all the matches scheduled to be held at the TU grounds. Both USA and Oman have already announced their final squad for the series.

Kamal, who came from the U-19 ranks, earned his first ever call for the senior side after spending some time in the recent training camp in Pokhara where Nepal played three-match friendly 50-over series against Malaysia XI. Nepal had clean swept the series, winning all three games with a huge margin.

Kushal was last included in the senior side for Nepal's Tri-nation Twenty20 International Series in Singapore where the country played against the likes of Zimbabwe along with the hosts.

Sharad Vesawkar, who is mourning the death of his elder brother, has also been included in the team, while there was no place for fast bowler Sompal Kami and veteran left arm spinner Basanta Regmi. Sompal has been complaining of back pain off late, while Basanta has been regularly losing his spot.

Gyanendra Malla will lead the side with Dipendra Singh Airee being named his deputy. Other members in the team included former captain Paras Khadka, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Aarif Sheikh, Binod Bhandari, Abinash Bohora, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Sushan Bhari and Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi.

Pawan Sarraf, Subash Khakurel, Sundeep Jora and Kishor Mahato have been kept reserves. America currently lead the League 2 table with 12 points from eight matches and Scotland are up next with nine points. Namibia, United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea are other teams competing in the League 2.


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