National team skipper Paras Khadka believes his team is shaping up quite well with the practice matches and rigorous training sessions Nepal are going through in the run-up to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers beginning in New Zealand from January 13.
Nepal — who will land in New Zealand on Saturday 16 days prior to the start of the Qualifiers — played four practice matches along with going some tough training session in Sri Lanka which Paras believed was crucial for the team.
“We played good practice games against good opponents and we are no shaping up really well,” Paras said adding the conditions the team wanted for New Zealand were perfectly available in Sri Lanka.
“We played in seaming picthes and practicising on grass turfs and this exactly what we have been wanting before heading to New Zealand,” said the Nepali skipper. Nepal won all their four practice matches against some of the Premier Division clubs in Colombo and said more is yet to come in New Zealand.
“At the moment we are just playing solid cricket all round and things are getting better, performance wise, in every member of the team which is a good thing. We have reserved ‘being invincible’ for New Zealand,” Paras said.
After reaching New Zealand on Saturday, Nepal will play four more practice matches before heading into the tournament proper with official warm-up ties against Kenya and Namibia. Nepal will beging the tournament playing against UAE in the opening day in a Group ‘A’ encounter.