Nepal are preparing to host Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Hong Kong for a triangular Twenty20 International Series that is expected to be played in June.
The tournament will take place in Kathmandu before Nepal leave for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers to be held jointly in Ireland and Scotland in July. Hong Kong had earlier sent a written proposal to the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).
CAN had not responded to the proposal despite the proposal and with PNG also interested to visit Nepal, the country’s cricket governing body is preparing for a triangular series. The possibility of hosting a tri-series was discussed during CAN’s recent board meeting.
Speaking exclusively to cricketingnepal.com, CAN Acting General Secretary Uttam Karmacharya said the cricket governing body is working for a tentative date ahead of the World Qualifiers.
“As Qualifiers will be held in July, we will host them in June which will also be helpful for our preparations for the Qualifiers,” said Karmacharya.
Karmacharya further informed: “We will work further to co-ordinate with cricket boards of both teams along with the International Cricket Council.” To host an ICC tournament, Nepal’s only international standard ground, Tribhuvan University Stadium, needs to approved as a Twenty20 International venue, while the logistics have to be met under the ICC guidelines.
Meanwhile, Karmacharya also informed that nothing has been developed so far regarding the Pakistan Cricket Board proposal for a quadrangular Twenty20 series in Pakistan. The PCB had proposed Nepal to participate in a Twenty20 series in Pakistan which will also involve Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates and a team from Pakistan.
“To visit Pakistan, it all comes down to safety concerns. We will have to first discuss it with our players and coaches before making any decision as such,” said Karmcharya.