Explosive all rounder Mehboob Alam won faith from the selectors to find a place in the national team for the Asian Games cricket. Alam was called-up for the September 19 to October 4 event for Incheon, South Korea in the team that also saw return of three other cricketers.
After missing May’s ACC Premier League, explosive batsman Pradeep Airee and Jitendra Mukhiya found their place, while U-19 skipper Bhuwan Karki is back after almost two years.
Bhuwan last played for the national team during the 2012 ACC Trophy Elite at the United Arab Emirates. Pradeep and Jitendra were both out of the Premier League team due to injuries, while after being brought back into the team after two years, Alam’s modest display in Malaysia became his biggest asset.
Alam, before the Premier League, played for the national side in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers and in Malaysia he transformed into a watchful batsman from a whirlwind hitter. He made 63 runs with a half century from four matches and picked up four wickets as well.
Skipper Paras Khadka, who is currently in the UK on a personal visit, will lead the team that also includes Gyanendra Malla Sharad Vesawkar, Subash Khakurel, Shakti Gauchan, Sagar Pun, Binod Bhandari, Som Pal Kami, Basant Regmi, Ram Naresh Giri and Naresh Budhayer.
In absence of regular coach Pubudu Dassanayake, Arun Aryal will guide Nepal in Incheon. Rahul Kumar BK, Puspa Thapa, Manjeet Shrestha and Rajkumar Pradhan have been named reserves.
The men’s event will be participated in by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kuwait, Maldives and South Korea.