National cricket team captain Gyanendra Malla has opted out of the Everest Premier League. Gyanendra, who led Lalitpur Patriots to title in the previous edition of the tournament, cited personal reasons for his EPL no-show.
It will not make any sense and will definitely affect team performance if I am unable to give my 100 percent. It’s been great to be part of Lalitpur Patriots and my best wishes will always be there for the team, a statement from Gyanendra’s email sent to Patriots CEO Neeraz Koirala read.
Gyanendra’s decision means the tournament will now not have three batting stalwarts of the country. Former national team skipper and Biratnagar Warriors captain Paras Khadka has already pulled out of the tournament, while national team’s middle order batting mainstay Dipendra Singh Airee is out injured.
Paras has pulled out citing the same reason.
Dipendra sustained injury during Nepal’s trip to Oman where the country played two-match One Day International Series against Papua New Guinea and ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tri-Series against USA and the hosts. Dipendra had missed all six matches owing to that severe ankle twist and continues to remain sidelined.
Patriots team said it can make do without their skipper, not stating who will take charge of the squad in absence of Gyanendra.
“Irrespective of his decision not to be part of the team, the entire Lalitpur Patriots squad is upbeat and the morale is high in the dressing room. Laltipur Patriots expect all players to showcase high level of professionalism and sportsmanship and have been continuously working for the betterment of the game,” a release from Patriots said.