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Pradeep, Mahesh under pressure to prove form

After losing their place in the national team for the ICC World Cricket League Division-III, batsmen Pradeep Airee and Mahesh Chhetri have come under immense pressure to prove their form.

 

Pradeep and Mahesh were not even considered for the 18 members picked up by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Tuesday for the final round of selection for Division-III slated to be held in Uganda from September 26 to October 2.

 

 

While injury concerns and poor form have made the matter worse for Pradeep, Mahesh’s failure to prove himself despite getting numerous chances have cost both batsmen dear. Pradeep’s poor form dates back from ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in the UAE last year in November where he failed to make any mark, while he couldn’t capitalise on the chances he got during the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in New Zealand.

 

Pradeep’s previous best score in 50-over game is 26 against Canada during the World Qualifiers in New Zealand.

 

Mahesh was already out of the team for a long time before making his return with the World Twenty20 Qualifiers for a format that is not associated with him. He then got his place for the New Zealand Qualifiers but ended up making 28 runs from two matches. His previous best score is 19 against Uganda in the 50-over Qualifiers.

 

With Subash Khakurel cementing his place as the first choice opener and Naresh Budhayer shaping up as a typical opener with experienced Anil Mandal also knocking the spot, Mahesh was always going to be a fourth choice in the team think tank to open the innings.

 

Coach Pubudu Dassanayake said both batsmen have a lot to prove. “Naresh and Anil both are in a close fight for a place in the opening department. Mahesh has been given chances but has not prove himself. Pradeep is also going with the same condition,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com

 

“Aarif Sheikh has already emerged as a talented all rounder who could get handy with both bat and ball. Under these circumstances, Pradeep and Mahesh both need to prove their form. There will be regional tournaments coming in and if they prove themselves, their comeback is possible,” said the coach.

 

Aarif won his place in the national team after winning the player-of-the-series in the national tournament. He delivered with ball and looked positive with the bat when Nepal finished third in the ACC Premier League – Aarif’s debut tournament with the national side – in Malaysia in May.

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