National cricket team captain Paras Khadka will be one of the Associate cricketers going shoulder to shoulder with some of the legendary cricket when he joins the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the Emirates Twenty20 Cup to begin in UAE from March 20.
The other teams that will participate in the tournament are Lancashire, Yorkshire and Sussex. Paras, who has been the captain of Nepal since 2009 and led the country to its maiden ICC World Twenty20 held in Bangladesh in March last year, will play along side legendary cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and Virender Sehwag of India.
“It is a great privilege to be selected in the team of MCC and to play for MCC. I take this as a platform to let people know about Nepali cricket. I will try my best to make this opportunity to promote cricket inNepal,” the captain told www.lord’s.org.
MCC has recently selected U-19 Captain and wicket keeper batsman Raju Rijal and along with his teammate and all rounder Dipendra Singh Airee. Earlier in 2013 Rajesh Pulami Magar and Naresh Budayair were also selected for MCC Young Cricketers program.
The final squad for the Championship County and Emirates T20 squad of MCC is yet to be announced. It is informed that the final squad will be announced within this month.
John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “MCC keeps a close eye on cricket developments in countries where the sport is growing in popularity, and Nepal certainly fits into that category.
“This played a big part in our decision both to select some of their players for MCC sides, and to send a touring team out there in November.
“Nepal is starting to produce some very talented cricketers. We are looking forward to welcoming two of their hottest prospects on to our excellent MCC Young Cricketers programme this summer, and I’m delighted to have Paras Khadka as part of our squad for the Emirates T20 competition in March.
“I am confident he will be an asset to our team and his inclusion in the squad should also serve as encouragement to the huge number of boys and girls in Nepal who are keen to get involved with cricket.”