With coach Pubudu Dassanayake not in the country and the preparation camp of the national team currently postponed, national team cricketers used their leisure time at the fullest cheering for the national football team for the eighth SAFF Championship football tournament currently running in Kathmandu.
Skipper Paras Khadka, Sharad Vesawkar, Suvash Khakurel and former national team skipper Binod Das were seen cheering the footballers when Nepal played Bangladesh during their tournament opener. National footballers delighted the cricketers returning with a boasting 2-0 victory over Bangladesh.
The victory over Bangladesh comes at the time when Nepal are desperately seeking victory in international football after some barren spells in the last one year.
Paras is a huge football fan and keenly follows English Premier League club Liverpool. “AND that is WHY WE WILL NEVER WALK ALONE ..!!!” read a facebook status of Paras after the Reds defeated Manchester United in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Paras who used to play football during his childhood normally goes to support Nepali football team whenever the country hosts big events. Interestingly, Paras watches football along with the fanatic supporters from normal parapet, watching from the VIP stands seem to be a sophistication for the national team skipper.
Paras had gone to give trial for the ANFA Academy when he was just a kid but later refrained from the idea of becoming a footballer.
Football, however, is not the only sport the national cricketers have cheered for. National team veteran left arm orthodox bowler Shakti Gauchan, seamer Avinash Karn and Sagar Pun were at the Dasharath Stadium covered hall to cheer Nepali spikers for their match against Afghanistan during the first South Asian Invitation International Volleyball tournament recently.
After giving their support for the spikers, Shakti and Avinash had also cheered for the young footballers during the second SAFF U-16 Football Championship at the same venue a month ago.