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Nepal to play two practice matches against Afghanistan

Cricket Association of
Nepal Chief Executive Officer Bhawana Ghimire has confirmed two practice
matches against Afghanistan for Nepali U-19 team ahead of the ICC U-19 World
Cup.

The youth teams from
the emerging non-Test playing nations will be held at the Vijay Dahia Academy
in New Delhi on January 11 and 13, informed Ghimire on Thursday. Both
teams are having their own preparations for the U-19 World Cup.

Nepal are currently
preparing in Dharamshala where they have played two practice matches against
the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Academy, winning one and losing the other.

Nepal will return to
New Delhi for the practice games against the Afghans before heading back to
their home. Nepal are pitted against India and New Zealand in Group ‘D’ in the
World Cup.

Fourth
team in the pool Australia have already withdrawn from the tournament, slated
to be held in Bangladesh from January 22 to February 14, citing security
reasons. Ireland are expected to fill up the void in the tournament.

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