The unavailability of Machine Readable Passport (MRP) was not the only reason for national team skipper Paras Khadka and vice-captain Gyanendra Malla to say ‘no’ to an offer from Dhaka Premier League (DPL) club Gazi Tank Cricketers.
Gazi Tank officials had approached Nepal’s two cricketing stars Paras and Gyanendra for Bangladesh’s premier 50-over domestic competition but the two said no to the club. It was earlier said that both players said no to the club because they don’t have MRP but it was not the only reason, the two cricketers revealed to www.cricketingnepal.com.
Nepali team is currently preparing for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers to be held at the UAE from November 15 and Paras and his deputy said they want to focus on the training back home.
“All the team members are here in Nepal so we want to have good training sessions at home,” Paras told cricketingnepal.com. “We really want to remain focused on Qualifiers and it was our decision not to join the DPL,” the Nepali skipper added.
Gyanendra revoiced his captain. “We also had a chat with our coach (Pubudu Dassanayake) regarding this issue. The coach said if we leave then its better but finally we opted to stick with the team training back home,” Gyanendra said.
Gyanendra also revealed that Paras and Basanta along with himself was also invited by their respective teams in the Canadian League to complete their remaining four matches of the season but they decided to stay back.
While Paras and Gyanendra play for Ontario Cricket Clun and Academy in the Canadian first division league, Basnata plies his trades with GTA Challengers Club. Paras missed the whole season of the Canadian league due to his shoulder injury.