The national team is winning all accolades following their qualification in the ICC World Twenty20 and the administrators also conjured up all their might to focus on their preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers – the most important stage in Nepal’s cricket history.
Finally the achievements are acknowledged but the future has been sweetly ignored. When Nepal returned from their successful World Twenty20 Qualifiers campaign, U-19 national team was preparing for the ACC U-19 Asia Cup to be held in UAE from December 28 to January 4.
As the history makers arrived, the back-up for them lived under the shadow of glory. The U-19 boys saw the cash splash from the government, the countrymen going gaga for their seniors and the facilities they envied.
They all did it just before leaving for a tournament which probably gives them the best exposure at this level.
A bitter reality that the seniors once went through but they delivered under the adverse conditions.
If anything that has done good for the run-up to the U-19 Asia Cup for them is building an ego – if everyone develops that. An ego making them think we are going to be there and snatch every luxury. Skipper Bhuwan Karki, who is leading the side when Nepal go up against Asian giants India and Pakistan along with the hosts UAE, knows what it takes to remain calm.
“These things are not going to distract us because we know we need to play well to enjoy luxuries. I have given all the motivation needed for our boys to make them believe that we are going to follow our seniors once we roar with our performance,” said Bhuwan on the eve of national team’s departure for UAE.
The circumstance are no doubt opposite to the expectations for the juniors but experience will count.
“We have got everything on what people speak as talent but inexperience might be a problem for us. The Asia Cup is going to be a place for us where we are going to get a lot of experience playing against the toughest sides we have ever faced,” the skipper, a member of senior team’s triumphant ACC Trophy Elite campaign, said.