After the plans of undergoing pre-tournament preparations in South Africa failed to materialize, Nepal have decided to complete their preparations for the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 tournament at the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Nepal had initially proposed the International Cricket Council (ICC), to arrange them a tour of South Africa for Division 2 to prepare for the tournament in Namibia so that they can acclimatize to the condition before it begins on.
However, the proposal couldn’t get the nod and Nepal now have to make do for one of the most important tournaments for them in UAE where conditions might be completed different compared to the South African country.
“Its unfortunate that we couldn’t get our final preparations in South Africa because it would have helped us acclimatize to the local conditions. We had proposed that to ICC after we returned from the WCL matches against UAE (after cricketingnepal.com.) but I don’t know how we couldn’t get the nod,” national team coach Jagat Tamatta told
“The tour of UAE is now confirmed and if we leave on January 27, we will have time to play few friendly matches against the local clubs there and undergo training sessions. To acclimatize to the local conditions, we will be heading for Nambia after the tour which is expected be a week-long programme,” said Tamatta.
National team skipper Paras Khadka was unaware why Nepal was able to get the pre-tournament preparations as planned. “I don’t know, it might be the visa issues or what. But we cannot make excuses and we have to utilize the resources that we have back home,” said Paras.
Nepal were also expected to train under Monty Desai – a famous talent scout in India – as batting consultant but that plan also went down the drain. India’s former Ranji cricketer and Vidharba cricket team coach Sulakshyan Kulkarni will now work as batting consultant in place of Desai.