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Nepal-Qatar Twenty20 Series called off due to new COVID-19 protocol in gulf nation

Nepal’s Twenty20 International Series with Qatar scheduled for February 9-12 has been called off considering the new COVID-19 regulation in the gulf nation.

Nepal were set to play three Twenty20 Internationals – on February 9, 10 and 12 – but after the Qatar government imposed new regulations following a new wave of the pandemic, the series has been cancelled, informed the Cricket Association of Nepal.

Qatar had invited Nepal for a Twenty20 International Series to mark their Qatar Sports Day for which the new entrants of international cricket’s ODI club had agreed to and announced what was going to be an inexperienced and new-look Nepali side.

Putting all their focus on the impending ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tri-Series against Oman and USA in March, Nepal had decided not to include some key members of the senior squad including skipper Gyanendra Malla, former captain Paras Khadka, leg spin star Sandeep Lamichhane among others.

It was assumed initially that Qatar required only negative report on visitors’ PCR test but CAN on Monday said all programmes during the Qatar Sports Day, including the Twenty20 Series, was also cancelled.

“Since the week-long quarantine is a lengthy process, we cannot make for the tournament on time,” CAN Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakuryal told cricketingnepal.com.

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