The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Saturday short listed 20 players for the second phase of its closed-camp with 15-year old Arjun Kumal and another youngster Anuj Chunara both shown exit doors.
Also not making cut for the second round of closed-camp were Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament’s third best run scorer Saurav Khanal, Rajesh Pulami, Sunil Dhamala, Hari Shankar Sah, Ramnaresh Giri, Krishna Karki, Khadag Bahadur Bohora, Rohit Kumar Paudel and Pawan Sarraf.
Veteran Basanta Regmi has come in to replace injured Aarif Sheikh. The middle order batsman had twisted his ankle during the PM Cup.
Nepal were originally preparing for the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tri-Series that involved Oman and USA. But after the March 19-28 event in the gulf nation was postponed due to the financial burden caused by new COVID-19 protocol, it is not clear what the players will now be preparing for.
The country is expected to organise another premier 50-over tournament in Mayor Cup of which the date is yet to be set. CAN, few days ago, had signed a MoU with Kathmandu Metropolitan for the tournament.
Prithu Baskota will continue to search for a spot in the national side after not being in the team for over five years. Adjudged the best batsman in the PM Cup for his consistent performance, Prithu last played for Nepal in the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Championship match against Scotland.
Bikram Sob will also keep his fingers crossed while another youngster Aasif Sheikh will be eyeing the only spot available in the top order.
Other members for the second round of closed-camp included Gyanendra Malla, Paras Khadka, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sharad Vesawkar, Dipendra Singh Airee, Binod Bhandari, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Kushal Malla, Abinash Bohora, Kushal Bhurtel, Kamal Singh Airee, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Sundeep Jora, Shahab Alam and Sushan Bhari Shrestha.