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National cricketers to practice at shooting range

The national team cricketers will be seen batting at the Shooting Range in Satdobato after the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) decided to use the facility to avoid persistent monsoon rain.


Nepal are currently preparing for the ACC Emerging Teams Cup to be held in Singapore from August 17-25 in Singapore and CAN has already called up 22 players to join the preliminary close-camp that began on July 9.


However, poor condition of the practice pitches and TU Stadium grounds, the cricketers have not gone through batting practices for the last four days. With a temporary construction of indoor nets at the shooting range, the cricketers will at least heave a sigh of relief.


CAN member Kiran Rana said the cricket governing was running out of options. “We have no alternatives than to opt for building temporary nets at the shooting range. We had talks with the National Sports Council (NSC) and now we will have it prepared them in two or three days,” Rana told


The practice pitches will be designed in support of scaffoldings with astro turf to be used as pitches. The preliminary squad will undergo practice sessions at the shooting range until national team leaves for Sri Lanka for a 15-day practice tour.


CAN on Friday confirmed the national team’s tour to prepare for the Emerging Teams Cup where Nepal will face U-23 teams from India and Pakistan along with full strength side of Associate rivals Afghanistan. Nepali team will leave on August 1.


The cricket governing body will name the final 14 to leave for Sri Lanka before the departure date. The national team cricketers will undergo practice sessions and play friendly matches in their tour.

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