Nepal’s former U-19 batting duo Naresh Budhayer and Rajesh Pulami are in the plans to prolong their England stay after completing the MCC Cricket Development Programme on July 26. Naresh told cricketingnepal.com that the two batsmen are working forward to play with two clubs in the English soil after two Nepali students in the UK arranged clubs for them.
“Prakash (Gurung) dai and Bidhan (Shrestha) dai are arranging us for the clubs. It’s the same club for whom they play as well. Both of them will manage our lodging and fooding after the MCC programme is over,” said Naresh.
If everything goes as planned, Naresh and Rajesh will be playing for Sports Development Association and Henly Cricket Club. Their tour will include 40-over matches against the second string teams from County Clubs of the UK.
Naresh and Rajesh were selected for the programme after the MCC – world’s oldest cricket club – watched the videos of the two batsmen sent by the Cricket Association of Nepal. Prashant Kunwar – a Non Resident Nepali in England – had initiated for the Nepali boys lobbying for them in the MCC.
Meanwhile, Naresh also informed that both batsmen have learnt a lot from competitive matches played they have so far played in England. The two batsmen played 40-over matches against various second choice squads of county clubs in the UK.
“The matches we have played so far are very competitive. Especially, the bowlers are very lethal and to play against them is really a challenge for us. Though we have to go self training in the tour, the matches have helped us a lot,” said Naresh.
Naresh and Rajesh had played for Nepal in the 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup in Australia. Though both batsmen failed to impress in the tournament proper, Naresh had scored a century against New Zealand in one of the warm-up matches.