Nepal cricket fraternity slept well on Wednesday night after three cricketers, including national team youngest member Kushal Malla, were signed by franchises for this season’s Abu Dhabi T-10 League.
The shortest version of the game in the United Arab Emirates is scheduled for January 28 to February 6. All the matches will be held at the Sheikh Zayed International Stadium in Abu Dhabi with big names of international cricket rubbing shoulders together.
While Sompal will be competing in his second franchise league after his participation in Global Twenty20 Challenge in Canada, this will be first foreign based tournament for both Kushal and Karan. Sompal was first to be signed by Maratha Arabians which includes Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.
Karan was snapped up by Pune Devils a team also comprising of Pakistani seamer Mohammad Amir, Sri Lankan allrounder Thisara Perera and England batsman Sam Billings.
The 16-year old Kushal, who holds the world record for youngest One Day International half centurion, will have an experience of his lifetime as his Abu Dhabi team includes the likes of Twenty20 cricket’s Universe Boss Chris Gayle, South African Chris Morris along with England duo of Alex Hales and Luke Wright.
Kushal’s signing with Abu Dhabi could be credited to former national team skipper Paras Khadka who is now playing role of a mentor in the franchise. Paras had previously played for the team.
Star leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who is currently in Australia to play the Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes, had also played two seasons of the tournament.