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Nepal confident as always

As Nepal head for England for their second round of preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, confidence has already been instilled in the team. With the team playing four practice matches in England, four Twenty20 Internationals in London and two official warm-up games, Nepali boys are confident to win the title on the back of their fine preparation and past experience. Here is what skipper Paras Khadka and coach Pubudu Dassanayake had to say before the team left for Europe.  


Coach Pubudu Dassanayake


What do you have to stay about the build up?

We had wonderful tour in India, we are really building up nicely. We are really looking to win this tournament. There are few tough teams but looking at the level of cricket that we have been playing, I am expecting to top the group and go into the final.


Any pressure in the team?

The pressure is always there it doesn’t matter how good you are when you are playing a tournament of such caliber. One positive thing about this team is the boys are hungry and want to go forward. I am happy that the youngsters have improved in the last six or eight months. This team has put up the level really high. We look like an international team. There is a lot to expect from this team.  


Are you happy with the six month contract?

I understand everybody’s problems. CAN is going through certain problems, the Ministry helped me for the last one year. For me its very tough when I get contract for such shorter period. I actually prefer to do the Qualifiers and move forward. Its like I put my hand into Nepal and I can’t get out of it. Even if I don’t coach or leave (from the country), Nepal is always going to be in my heart. At the moment, I just want to focus on the Qualifiers.


Skipper Paras Khadka


The views on Qualifiers and Nepal’s performance

The team has potential. In a big tournament like these, we know each and every team is motivated and prepared. We have been playing a good level of cricket for the last two or three years. We know our opponents and they know about us as well. We need to deliver when required. As a team we are prepared. The matches in London and Amsterdam will prepare us further. We should be able to make it.


What is the strength of the team?

We are playing really well and want to keep the momentum going. We have to peek at the right time in the tournament. After playing the practice matches in England and Twenty20 Internationals, we will know about our best XI when we step up in our first match.


Is there any kind of pressure?

There will be pressure for us to perform more than getting concerned of qualification. Our though is to win the tournament. If we get focused and move ahead we will definitely pass through this challenge.

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