Nepal’s Subash Khakurel is in danger of missing an all-important first match of the ICC Cricket World Qualifiers against UAE on Monday due to fever.
Along with skipper Paras Khadka – who has a back strain – Nepal played their official warm-up match against Namibia without Subash and went on to lose it by four runs.
Even if Subash recovers from the fever, he will face a race against time to be match-fit against UAE.
“Subash is suffering from fever and his temperature has been fluctuating. I don’t know whether he can make it for the match against the UAE or not,” coach Pubudu Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com today.
“He has become weak due to fever and to play against UAE he has to be match-fit,” added the coach. “If he doesn’t make it on time, we will go with Mahesh Chhetri to replace him,” said Dassanayake.
Mahesh played as opener for Nepal against Namibia but was dismissed for just one run.
Dassanayake, meanwhile, said Paras will be fit for the match against UAE. “Paras has a light back strain but he will be available against the UAE,” Dassanayake told cricketignepal.com.
Paras will also be rested for Nepal’s second official warm-up match against Kenya on Saturday.