Medium pace allrounder Kamal Singh Airee gets his
first national team call-up and Kushal Malla prepares for One Day International
debut as Nepal announced a 14-member final squad for the Tri-nation Series of
the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 scheduled for February 5-12.
Nepal are hosting the series that will also involve
the United States of America and Oman with all the matches scheduled to be held
at the TU grounds. Both USA and Oman have already announced their final squad
for the series.
Kamal, who came from the U-19 ranks, earned his
first ever call for the senior side after spending some time in the recent
training camp in Pokhara where Nepal played three-match friendly 50-over series
against Malaysia XI. Nepal had clean swept the series, winning all three games
with a huge margin.
Kushal was last included in the senior side for
Nepal’s Tri-nation Twenty20 International Series in Singapore where the country
played against the likes of Zimbabwe along with the hosts.
Sharad Vesawkar, who is mourning the death of his
elder brother, has also been included in the team, while there was no place for
fast bowler Sompal Kami and veteran left arm spinner Basanta Regmi. Sompal has
been complaining of back pain off late, while Basanta has been regularly losing
Gyanendra Malla will lead the side with Dipendra
Singh Airee being named his deputy. Other members in the team included former
captain Paras Khadka, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Aarif Sheikh, Binod
Bhandari, Abinash Bohora, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Sushan Bhari and Lalit Narayan
Pawan Sarraf, Subash Khakurel, Sundeep Jora and
Kishor Mahato have been kept reserves. America currently lead the League 2
table with 12 points from eight matches and Scotland are up next with nine
points. Namibia, United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea are other teams
competing in the League 2.