National cricket team allrounder Sagar Pun said to play for the country is a matter of pride. “To represent the country in a foreign land and its an opportunity that is very rare for others. It is all about pride for me,” Sagar told journalist Manoranjan Sharma in his hometown Bhairahawa just before leaving for Kathmandu after a one-day break from the national camp.
Sagar is currently a part of the naional team that is competing in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers to be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 1.
Pun, who believes his place in the team has come following his crucial contribution for the nation, said he is ready to play in any position in Nepali batting order.
“There is not any compulsion for me. Coach (Pubudu Dassanayake) has certain plans for every player and I can shape myself in any position where I can fit in,” said Sagar. hard work and performance can win a player place in the national team.
Sagar opened the innings for Nepal during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifers after regular opener Pradeep Airee was pushed down the order following his failure in the first two matches.
Though Sagar couldn’t convert his scores into big ones, he has managed to put some runs on the board for the first wicket with opening partner Subash Khakurel.
Sagar also said organising cricket through grassroot level is neccessary in the development cricket.
He also said that Nepal will not let people down during the World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand. “The World Qualifiers in New Zealand is associated with the future of Nepali cricket. So we will not let the country down,” said Sagar.
The World Cup Qualifiers will send the top two teams for 2015 World Cup apart from handing ODI status to the top four teams in the Super Six stages.
Sagar visited his school Moonlight on Tuesday before he was given farewell by his father Kendra, Lumbini Contractor’s Association General Secretary Binaya Gyawali, Rabi Panta of Siddhartha Sports Academy among others.