Former national women’s team skipper and experienced all rounder Nary Thapa is always expected to make runs or pick up wickets whenever Nepal sets out for any ACC tournament.
National team’s performance has been mixed by the all round athleticism shown by current skipper Rubina Chhetri and contributions made Sarita Thapa Magar and Sita Rana Magar at the most at one side and Nary on the other.
But after Nary was sidelined for at least two months following the injury she sustained during the National Women’s Cricket Tournament last month, the Nepali camp has been troubled before heading for the ACC Women’s Premier Tournament beginning in Thailand from February 13.
But not having Nary could mean trouble, a condition which Rubina doesn’t want to play on her mind.
“Her absence will surely be felt but its not the way how we should head into the tournament. Our team is capable to make do without her and definitely, we have to make her believe that the team will do well even in her absence,” said Rubina.
Coach Umesh Upadhayaya is hardly irked by the absence of Nary. “I have seen these girls doing perfectly all right during the training session. I feel that without having Nary shall not be a problem for us,” said the coach.
Nary broke her left leg metatarsal bone while bowling against Nepal APF Club in the final of the national. The injury was the aggravation of the previous one she had sustained during the league stage of the same tournament. She was promptly diagnosed to have fractured the bone and was sidlined for two months and the recuperation time could even be longer.
Nepal are playing against Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Bhutan and Iran in the round-robin league tournament where the top three finishers will make it to the Asian Games cricket tournament.
The 17th Asian Games, to be hosted by South Korea in September, will include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Japan and South Korea along with the teams that qualify from Thailand.