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National team satisfied with Emerging Teams Cup outing

The national cricket team has returned home following its participation in
the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh.

Speaking to cricketingnepal.com, skipper Gyanendra Malla said he was
satisfied by the performance from the team. Nepal had lost to U-23 teams of
Pakistan and Bangladesh before comprehensively beating Hong Kong by seven
wickets in the final Group ‘B’ match.

“We could have easliy reached the semis defeating Test nation Bangladesh.
We were in a good situation but could not capitalize on the chances that came
our way,” said Gyanendra. “I think this tournament gave more exposure to
our youngsters.”

Coach Jagat Tamata was not satisfied with the end result but expressed
content over a decent display against Pakistan and Bangladesh. “As per the
result I am not much satisfied because we lost the match against Bangladesh
which was in our hand. Apart from it, the boys played well and if we get to
play more game with Test playing nations we will reach new height.”

Nepal had left for the tournament without injured skipper Paras Khadka,
while they also rested experienced bowlers in Basanta Regmi, Shakti Gauchan and
seamer Sompal Kami.

The tournament was particularly a dream outing for new found batting talent
Dipendra Singh Airee who slammed two half centuries in the tournament.

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