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National team amputated by lost T20I Status

The national cricket team felt like getting amputated after losing the Twenty20 International status following a disastrous performance in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers.

Nepal had finished at the bottom of their group in the tournament that not only kept them out of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 but also snatched the Twenty20 International status that was granted for them by the International Cricket Council for two years.

“We know how hard it was to get the Twenty20 International Status and now after losing it we feel like a part of our body being taken off,” said coach Pubudu Dassanayake after the team returned from a horrible tour of Europe.

Nepal displayed their worst ever cricket in the Europe tour that began with a 3-1 thrashing from the Netherlands a in four-match T20I bilateral series. It got worse for them when they finished seventh in Group ‘A’ winning just one out of six matches they played.

The tour ended with a 2-0 loss from Scotland in their first round match of the ICC World Cricket League Championship. Dassanayake said the team realised that it lacks leaders who can win the matches when key players don’t operate well.

“In the past, Gyanu (Gyanendra Malla) and Paras (Khadka) had been doing all the things for Nepal. But Qualifiers was an event where these two player were not able to come up with their best and no one came forward to take the lead. We need leaders of the game who can assure that they are there for the team,” said Dassanayake.

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