Gyanendra Malla has been appointed
the captain of the Nepal national cricket team, the Cricket Association of
Nepal (CAN) said on Wednesday.
One of the five survivors of
Nepal’s longest serving national cricketers that also included Sharad Vesawkar,
Binod Bhandari and Basanta Regmi, Malla will be replacing Paras Khadka who
resigned from captaincy on October 15. He was tipped to be the second choice
having already led the senior side in absence of Paras.
Gyanendra had led the senior side
for the ICC World Cricket League Championship home matches against Kenya in
2017 and Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh, the same year. Paras had skipped
both the fixtures due to fitness. Paras said he was the right person to lead.
“Congratulations to the most
deserving person Gyanendra Malla on being appointed as the Captain of the Nepal
cricket Team,” Paras wrote in his multiple social media accounts sharing
pictures of the newly appointed skipper.
“One (he is) who has served
the country with great passion, discipline and commitment. I am very sure we
will prosper under his leadership to new heights. It’s time to support each
other and take Nepal cricket into brighter horizons,” added Paras.
Defined as country’s most technical
batsman, Gyanendra has been the part of the national team that scaled newer
heights and became a One Day International nation. With Gyanendra’s promotion
as the new captain, Dipendra Singh Airee will continue to be the vice-captain.
had replaced Gyanendra as vice-captain when the latter skipped Nepal’s recenty
Twenty20 International Series tours of Oman and Singapore.