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Laxman urges not to expect miracles overnight

India’s legendary cricketer VVS Laxman urged Nepal not to expect any miracles overnight as the batting star landed on Monday in Kathmandu directly taking on the field after landing at the TIA Airport late afternoon.

 

Laxman is here in Kathmandu for a two-day visit under the invitation from Journey to World Cup cricket tournament organisers and the Embassy of India.

 

“Sri Lanka were considered minnows in the 1980s and they learnt a lot geting a lot of exposure in India. They later went on to win the World Cup (in 1996). Bangladesh also have been doing good. If Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya can do good then why not Nepal,” said Laxman as his speech was a welcomed by a vibrant crowd with a lot of cheers.

 

“You need to get a lot of exposure. Play as many matches and tournaments as you can. You can’t expect miracles overnight. It will take time but you need to get everything right,” said Laxman.

 

Dressed in a leather jacket, jeans and shirt, Laxman waved to Nepali fans and greeted “Namaste Nepal.” Saying he can no more speak Nepali, Laxman began his speech congratulating Nepal. “First of all, I would like to congratulate you for qualifying for the World Twenty20

 

“I think it has been a real journey for them. I was following their progress in the recently concluded tournament (the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers) in Dubai. I think it is a great achievement for them. They are playing another World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand and I am so happy that everything is going in the right direction,” added Laxman.

 

“You are going to participate in an important tournament and to have quality teams from India and other countries coming means you are getting good exposure. The only important factor that the Cricket Association of Nepal needed to make sure is that the cricketers get as much exposure as possible,” said Laxman.

 

Laxman said he was happy to be in Nepal in his first visit. “When I was first called by the Air India officials to visit Nepal, I straightforward said yes because coming and influencing an upcoming team like Nepal is my privilege,” Laxman said.

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