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Nepal to play practice matches in Australia

Nepal are likely to play friendly matches against some of the top clubs in Australia ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers that is scheduled for January in New Zealand.


Victoria Cricket Club batting coach Chris Harris, who is currently in Kathmandu to provide batting tips to national cricket team preparing for the ICC World Twenty20 and 50-over World Cup Qualifiers, has taken the initiation to manage practice matches for Nepal.


“The hope is that we will get to play few practice matches against some of the premier clubs in Melbourne. We are hoping that we will get few matches with some of the clubs and some combined association teams who are going to reasonably strong,” Harris told reporters at the TU Stadium grounds on Wednesday. 


Harris also added that Nepal could get engaged in the training sessions of Melbourne Renegades – a KFC Twenty20 Big Bash League of Australia – with whom the Victorian worked with in the previous season.


“It might be that they can meet the players of the Renegades and join them in their training session as well. There is Murali (Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan) and Aaron Finch who are really good cricketers,” said Harris.


National team coach Pubudu Dassanayake said the practice matches in Australia is exactly what he was looking for his players ahead of the 50-over Qualifiers. Harris is about to complete his 10-day stay in Kathmandu and is set to return to his hometown on Friday. 


On Wednesday, Harris interacted with reporters briefing about his training sessions with the national team. Harris has already hailed the natural talent in Nepali batsmen and on Wednesday he said: “I am surprised by the capability of the batsmen.”

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