National team member Prithu Baskota doesn’t want to limit himself as a spin bowler as he prepared for a testing tour of Singapore for the ACC Emerging Teams Cup.
Prithu is among a pack of six youth in the current senior team where he has given the responsibility of an off spinner along with his 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup teammate Sagar Pun. Coach Pubudu Dassanayake had chosen both the players as the national fold is signalling a dearth of right-arm off spinners.
Prithu was well aware that his areas are not limited. “I consider myself as a batting all rounder and I think my role is not limited,” said the fomer U-19 skipper whose three quick wickets against UAE in the ACC Twenty20 Cup semi-finals had handed Nepal their first ever final spot.
“No doubt I have to deliver as a bowler but its not the only place where I can make impact. I can bat as well and will give my everything to give the best performing in both department of the game,” he added.
Prithu led the U-19 team in the World Cup in Australia last year and sees his teammates Subash Khakurel, Rahul Kumar BK, Pradeep Airee, Avinash Karn and Ram Naresh Giri playing together for the senior side.
While Pradeep, Subash, Rahul have a haul of experience playing with the national team, Prithu believes the inclusion for Sagar, Avinash and Ram Naresh is a big opportunity for them. “They are good learners of the game and have opportunities which they need to grab perfectly.“
Nepal will get to play against U-23 teams from India, Pakistan and a full-strength Afghanistan side in Group ‘A’ of the August 17-25 Emerging Teams Cup. “Its good that we have tougher teams like India and Pakistan. Afghanistan will also be a strong side,” said Prithu.
“We are shaping up quite well as a team and this tournament will definitely boost our confidence and enable to analyse our mistakes. We will have nothing to lose,” he added.