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Nepal call-up 20 players for Tri-Series closed-camp

Nepal on Friday called up 20 players for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tri-Series against Scotland Namibia.

Nepal are schedule to play their second series of League 2 in Spain after Scotland proposed for an alternate venue because of COVID-19. The Desert Springs Cricket Ground in Almeria was recently approved as One Day International ground by the ICC.

Called up for the national team camp were Sharad Vesawkar and Prithu Baskota. If Sharad makes the cut, he could making his first appearance for Nepal in more than a year having previously played the first Series against Oman and the USA.

He had to pull out at the start of that Series due to injury.

The biggest comeback story could be written by Prithu who if makes the cut will be back in the team after five years. He last played for the Nepal during the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Championship against Scotland.

Prithu had also made the cut for the Oman Tri-Series slated for March 19-28 but was postponed due to financial burden that could have been caused by COVID-19 protocol in the gulf nation. Prithu had had a fine national tournament outing performing consistently in two One Day national events.

Former U-19 World Cup skipper Prithu has not played for Nepal since 2015.

Pawan Sarraf also made the cut in 20-man squad along with Bikram Sob, Shahab Alam and Sushan Bhari Shrestha. Not finding his place in the 20-man squad was veteran off spinner Basanta Regmi who had replaced injured Aarif Sheikh in the closed-camp for postponed Oman event.

The closed-camp will be joined by captain Gyanendra Malla, former captain Paras Khadka, Dipendra Singh Airee, Binod Bhandari, Sompal Kami, Aarif, Aasif Sheikh, Kushal Malla, Kushal Bhurtel, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kamal Singh Airee, Abinash Bohora and Sandeep Jora.

A majority of the players from the 20-member closed-camp featured in the Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series held in Nepal in April. Nepal had won the tournament, their first international title at home in 11 years.

Considering the COVID-19 situation, Nepal will be carrying with them more than 15 players to have a back up in case of any infection. The team is planning to schedule training abroad but is yet to finalise any programme.

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