Former U-19 middle order batsman Naresh Budhayer has decided to stay back in England to play further cricket after the MCC Cricket Development Programme completed on July 26.
Naresh and his 2012 ICC U-19 World Cup teammate Rajesh Pulami had left for England on June 12 to participate in the programme organised by one of the oldest clubs in world – Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
Naresh will play for Sports Development Association (SDA) – playing in the South London second Division Cricket League – and Henley Cricket Club which play Thames Valley Cricket League. He is scheduled to play until September 15. Rajesh was also asked to stay back but he has already returned Nepal.
Two Nepalis – Prakash Gurung and Bidhan Shrestha – have arranged for Naresh’s further stay in England. Prakash and Bidhan are former cricketers and played regional tournaments for Region-IV (Bhairahawa) before they left for England for further studies.
The clubs will be managing fooding, accommodation and transportation costs for Naresh. Naresh – who had hit a century against New Zealand during a warm-up match before the 2012 U-19 World Cup began in Australia – said his further stay in England will bring him more exposure.
“I have to gain as much as exposure if I am supposed to find a place in the national team. Playing here will give me more experience. Even if I return back to Nepal, I will get no cricket there because we don’t get to play much cricket during monsoon,” said Naresh.