Nepal will set forth on a long tour for their second round matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 to be held in Spain.
The second Tri-Series for Nepal will see them lock horns with Scotland and Namibia but in an unknown territory. Spain, not know for cricket, have agreed to host the Tri-Series after original hosts decided to withdraw due to COVID-19 surge in the country.
The Tri-Series in Spain is tentatively scheduled to begin from July 20-22 but Nepal will leave the country on the first week of the month to prepare for the tournament. Nepal, itself, is largely affected by the second wave of COVID-19 and is currently under strict lockdown.
Nepal are currently second from the bottom in League 2 which is theg gateway to 2023 50-over World Cup to be held in India. They had beaten America twice and lost to Oman in same number of matches in their first Series of League 2 in Kathmandu.
Nepal have called coach Dave Whatmore for the team’s training session which will begin from next week following the arrival of the Australia. Whatmore is currently in Sri Lanka and will arrive on Tuesday.
Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) will call up 22 players for the first phase of closed-camp. After the first stage of first camp, Nepal will leave for a lengthy preparation tour for which the cricket governing body is working for.
“We are currently planning to have our preparation camp set in either UAE, Oman or the Netherlands,” CAN central committee member Chhumbi Lama told cricketingnepal.com. He added Nepal have not planned any ODI during their preparation tour but training matches with the local clubs.
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.