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Big names does not mean you always win: Paras

National team and Nepal APF Club skipper Paras Khadka on Friday said having big names in any side doesn’t necessarily mean you are always going to win.


Paras was talking to reporters after losing the Pepsi Standard Chartered National Twenty20 final to newly-established Tribhuvan Army Club by five wickets.


“People always think that APF win because they have big names but that is not the case. At the end of the day performance counts and it doesn’t matter whichever team you are playing from. TAC is a good team and they won today because their players gave the performance,” said Paras.


It was the second loss for APF in the National Twenty20 after the team was formed almost three years back. Paras-led APF had lost to Nepal Police Club during the Twenty20 final two years back. NPC, however, didn’t give continuity to their cricket team.


Paras also expected Army gives continuity to its cricket team. “This is a very good and young team which will play for the next 10 years. They have won the title and if Army gives continuity to this cricket team, it would be a big help to Nepali cricket.  


 Paras said his team was 15 runs short in the final and almost pulled it out but: “Dropped chance cost us and there were few bad overs.” There were two turning points in the game when Binod Bhandari and Rajesh Pulami hit experienced Shakti Gauchan for 19 runs in the 13th over to lift TAC from 73-4 and Basanta Regmi dropped Binod when he was batting on 17 in the 15th over bowled by Amrit Bhattarai.


Binod ended up hitting a 22-ball 30 not out that handed TAC their first title in debut in national cricket. 

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