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Nepal is showing no urgency: Rumesh

ACC Development Officer to Nepal Rumesh Ratnayake was surprised to see no urgency in Nepalis in a crucial moment in their history when the team is in the threshold of playing two World Cups.

 

Nepal can reach World Cup in Twenty20 format and 50-over game if they do better in two upcoming Qualifiers – the ICC World Twenty20 (in November at the UAE) and ICC World Cup Qualifiers (in January next year). 

 

If Nepal wrap up among the top six teams in the T20 Qualifiers, they will qualify for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and finishing among the top two teams in the 50-over World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand, they will guarantee a spot in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to be hosted jointly by New Zealand and Australia.

 

“Nepal almost beat Afghanistan in Singapore (during the ACC Emerging Teams Cup) and since the Afghans already have one-day status and qualified for the World Cup, it could be said that Nepal also belong to the same level. They are not very far,” Rumesh told cricketingnepal.com on Sunday.

 

“To play World Cup for a country like Nepal is huge thing but still I don’t see the eagerness and urgency in Nepalese. The eagerness and urgency should not only be in CAN or the cricketers but also in people. The urgency should be shown by the government, corporate sectors should come in and everyone needs to support cricket,” said Rumesh.

 

“It’s a different thing how and from where we get the support but that has to be here. Qualifying for the World Cup is a big thing. There might be a chance that there will be an IPL (Indian Premier League) here and Nepal could have its own league,” added the former Sri Lankan fast bowler.

 

“Bangladesh had turned very professional 25 years ago. They invited people and others from corporate sectors at their league games. They included few foreigners in their national league and that brought a lot of competitions within. Things like that can really make a huge difference but in Nepal there is no such urgency at all,” said Rumesh.

 

Rumesh has been in Nepal for the last seven days to evaluate Nepal’s preparation for the Qualifiers. He has also been helping coach Pubudu Dassanayake and batting coach Chris Harris in fine-tuning the Nepali cricketers.

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