Skipper Paras Khadka and regular opener Subash Khakurel’s participation in Nepal’s another crucial match against Hong Kong in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers is still in doubt as both are yet to recover from the injuries that have trouble team’s huge ambitions.
Paras himself is feeling better but didn’t want to get carried away by his current physical status. “I am feeling better but don’t know how I feel tomorrow morning. Will have to wait till tomorrow morning,” said Paras on the eve of the match.
National team physiotherapist SV Subra hinted Paras might take to the field but he cannot bowl. “I have been giving him regular treatment including massage, strapping and medicine. He might be able to play but certainly can’t bowl,” said Subra.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake was one of the most worried men because of Paras’ dilemma. “Still worried about Paras. I don’t want him to risk his career by stretching if his condition does not improve by tomorrow,” said Dassanayake.
Subash and Paras both batted for a brief period after returning to Christchurch from Queenstown in the morning and Subash complained of weakness in his thighs and arms after facing two overs in the nets. His participation for Sunday’s match will remain a suspense.
Subash have not been able to bring himself back at his best after catching viral fever a week ago in New Zealand. He have been out of action after Nepal’s first practice match against Canterbury Selection-XI in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, with important match against Hong Kong on the loose, Nepalese from different parts of New Zealand and even Australia are heading for Christchurch to support the national team. Nepal’s World Cup ambitions and becoming an ODI nation can take the final blow, if Nepal lose in Sunday’s match.
Even if Nepal win, they need to make sure they do it with a better net run rate and wait for results from other matches.
All the information provided by Senior Sports Journalist Devendra Subedi from New Zealand