Nepal’s Som Pal Kami on Wednesday left for Sri Lanka to join the national team which is currently preparing for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers but not before missing four practice matches and few training sessions with the team think-tank well aware of his unavailability.
Som Pal — who was picked up ahead of experienced Amrit Bhattarai following the pace and bounce the U-19 bowler offers — is not from what coach Pubudu Dassanayake and skipper Paras Khadka has been talking about a “system” within the team.
Initially named in the 14-member squad for the ACC U-19 Asia Cup, Som Pal took a biggest shortcut of his life after he was called on to deliver in the pace and bouncy conditions Nepal will get in the Qualifiers in New Zealand, just three months after he came to Nepal from India just to play cricket.
“He is no doubt the best talent we have right now. Though he has not been in the system, there is still a lot of time for him to accomodate as we have a long tour ahead of the Qualifiers,” Dassanayake had told cricketingnepal.com after picking the 18-year old.
Following visa complications, Som Pal’s journey to Sri Lanka has already cut short to not more than two days. The national team has already played three competitive practice matches winning all of them and has gone through few rigorous training sessions which actually was direly needed for Som Pal.
Nepal now have only one match left in Sri Lanka which is on Thursday and there is high probability that Som Pal would miss it as he will reach Colombo late on Wednesday. Dassanayake would still like to try him out but by that time, the team will be hastening for their trip to New Zealand.
The team think-tank now would be focused a lot to provide as much exposure as possible to Som Pal in their practice matches and training sessions in New Zealand and grind him within the system.
If things go as expected, Nepal will play another four practice matches in New Zealand against the local clubs and with two official warm-up fixtures against Kenya and Namibia left ahead of the Qualifiers, Dassanayake would get the most out of Som Pal before his test begins.