The national cricket team skipper Paras Khadka said his team is now looking ahead for Division-II after lifting the ICC World Cricket League Division-III title in Malaysia on Thursday.
Nepal returned home on Friday receiving a heroes welcome and Paras was quick to prioritise the preferences for Division-II, the most important tournament for Nepal which will determine the country’s future in the sport for the next two years.
“We need to have planning,” Paras told reporters at the team’s hotel. “There are a few areas of improvement in both batting and bowling departments which we need to get right on time.”
“We are now leaving for Sri Lanka tour where we will play two three-day matches. Playing a longer version of cricket will test our temperament, particularly of the batsmen. I came into cricket with three-day version and got to learn something from it. Our batsmen and bowlers will get to learn a lot from the three-day games,” added the skipper.
The Division-III turned out to be first tournament for Nepal after a long time where Paras didn’t perform with the bat but Nepal ended up winning the title. His best score was 14 not out against Bermuda. The skipper, however, wants to keep himself cool.
“I am getting good start. Its not that I am not connecting the ball with the bat but they are not converted into big ones. But since cricket is all about stats and numbers I cannot make excuses. However, I cannot panic,” said Paras adding the team is gaining more maturity.
“I am very happy with the way our boys have shown maturity. Everyone is stepping up and taking the responsibility. The way Sagar (Pun) played in the final, how Gyanu (Gyanendra Malla) proved his potential and the level he belongs, the consistent performance from Basanta (Regmi) and Shakti (Gauchan), how Amrit (Bhattarai) delivered in the two matches he played and how Bhuwan (Karki) proved himself picking up wickets, every single individual has stepped up. It was a team effort.”