The national cricket team on Friday returned from their winless tour of Singapore from the ACC Emerging Teams Cup.
Nepal couldn’t win a single game in ongoing tournament after being drawn alongside U-23 teams from India and Pakistan along with Associate archrivals Afghanistan.
Nepal lost to Afghanistan by three runs, India by 84 runs and Pakistan by nine wickets. Coach Pubudu Dassayake and skipper Paras Khadka told reporters at the Tribhuvan International Airport that the tour had a lots of positive to take though it didn’t gave Nepal good results.
“We had the opportunity to see how the top level cricket is from Sri Lanka to Singapore. I am not bothered about the end performance but boys really got to know how playing against tough teams was going to be,” said Dassnayake.
Before leaving for Singapore, Nepal played four practice matches against Sri Lanka U-23 team where they were whitewashed 4-0. Dassanayake said not being able to defeat Afghanistan from a winning position was disappointment.
Paras had the same opinion. “Unfortunately we didn’t get a good result but we got the exposure we needed. We played top quality teams and it has given us ample opportunity to work on our mistakes and rectify them,” said the skipper. Paras said his side needed to work out on all three aspects of the game.
“We cannot pin point one single aspect of the game. As a team we didn’t play to our potential in Singapore and there are lots of areas for us to improve,” he added. Unfortunately we didn’t get a good result but we got the exposure that we needed. We didn’t play to our potential.”