As the Nepali national cricket team landed in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia for the ICC World Cricket League Division-II, skippers from all the teams are confident to come out with the best result in the South African country.
While Paras Khadka will skipper the Nepali side, Peter Borren will lead the Netherlands team who are considered as the tournament favorites. Nicolaas Scholtz will carry the local hopes under their favorable condition with young Rakep Patel holding the Kenyan challenge.
Canada has got themselves a new skipper in Jimmy Hansra as Nepal’s familiar foes Uganda will be the third African country in the tournament playing under Frank Nsubuga. Here we are giving you a compilation of what all the captains have said before heading into the tournament:
“Everyone is working hard and we are very keen to play our very best and win the tournament. If we play to our potential we will come out with flying colors. It’s a major tournament and everyone is really keen to perform and climb up the divisional ladder. This year we played in our first ICC World Twenty20, performed well in the event and once again won ICC WCL Div. 3. Back home, cricket has grown ten folds and has reached another height. We must continue this momentum; our focus is to get into the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship and the ICC Intercontinental Cup.” Paras Khadka (Nepal)
“It will be one year since Canada last participated in an ICC tournament. The team has worked hard over the last year and are looking forward to playing in this important tournament. “We have played against many, if not all of the teams that are participating in ICC WCL Div. 2, and know what to expect from them. We have some talented and hungry cricketers, and are looking forward to showcasing our talent in Africa. We have to stick to our strengths and execute our plans, and I have no doubt in the overall ability of this group to do well in this tournament.” Jimmy Hansra (Canada)
“Namibia is really looking forward to playing in front of our home crowd and we’re aiming to make our country and supporters proud. We are looking forward to some hard competitive cricket and perform in the right spirit and to the maximum of our abilities. I think we will have a very good chance to win the tournament. We have a really good team, full of energy, with a good mix of experience and youngsters. The team are well-prepared for the tournament and everyone is ready and itching to get going.” Nicolaas Scholtz (Namibia)
“All the participating teams are capable of playing an exciting brand of cricket to a high standard. We are aware of the competitive nature of the tournament and are looking forward to the challenge. I expect the Netherlands team to perform well and it is our target to win the tournament. Look out for Stephan Myburgh; he is an enforcer at the top of the innings and Mudassar Bukhari will once again lead the bowling attack. On his day he is clearly one of associate cricket’s top performers and if he has a consistent tournament we will be very hard to beat.” Peter Borren (The Netherlands)
“The team are training hard and the camp is great experience ahead of the tournament. Playing against Zimbabwe in Kampala was good preparation.” Frank Nsubuga (Uganda)
“I think we fancy ourselves doing well in the tournament. Although we didn’t get the results in our favour against Pakistan A, I think the tour has definitely helped the boys as they played against opposition of higher standard.” Rakep Patel (Kenya)