The only cricket academy of the Far-west Region of the country, Dhangadhi Cricket Academy (DCA), is sending its U-17 team for an eight-day friendly tour in Sri Lanka from October 22-29.
The DCA U-17 team will play eight friendly matches against the teams from Ravi Punchichewa Cricket Academy (RPCA). DCA U-17 team, which recently returned from a Lucknow tour where they friendly matches against local age group clubs, will play four Twenty20 matches each against RPCA U-16 and U-17 teams.
DCA Director Subash Bahadur Shahi told a press conference on Saturday that the Academy is working forward to manage the tour.
“Since the future of the cricket is bright in the country, we have decided to send a team from our own region to produce talented players,” Shahi said. “Playing against quality teams from one of the leading cricketing nations will be helpful in shaping our kids as mature players for future,” he added.
DCA, though, announced about the tour officially, they are yet to cover the budget required for the tour. Through the press conference Shahi appealed the guardians, government, non-governmental organisations and industrial sectors to chip in for the cause.
In return, DCA will script the name of the donors in its Academy which has its own building and facilities. The travelling expenses alone will cost SPA a total of Rs 800,000 combing with Rs 40,000 each for the 20 cricketers.
DCA has already earned an affiliation from the National Cricket Academy run by the cricket governing body of Nepal. NCA has been helping DCA in running its programmes and it began with the U-12 Youth Programme in the region. A total of 50 youths are undergoing regular training in the Academy.