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Rubina named skipper as 22-member squad announced

Rubina Chhetri has been named the skipper as a selection committee named a 22-member squad for the second round of closed-camp for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifiers for Asia Region scheduled to be held in Thailand from November 20.

Rubina, who had an experience of training in Australian Women’s Big Bash League with Melbourne Renegades last year, has been leading the women’s national team for quite a long time and will be expected to deliver in one of the most important tournaments in women’s cricket history.

The five-team Asian Qualifiers sends only the winners into the 2018 Women’s World Twenty20 Global Qualifiers for which Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, the Netherlands and Uganda have already qualified. The Netherlands will host the Global Qualifiers.

Sita Rana Magar,  Jyoti Pandey, Sarita Magar, Nery Thapa, Roma Thapa, Indu Barma, Karuna Bhandari, Sonu Khadka, Sobha Aale,  Nitu Bhandari, Alish Chhetri, Kabita Kunwar, Binu Budhamagar, Saraswoti Chaudhary, Laxmi Chaudhary, Ritu Kanojiya, Sangita Rai, Anjali Chand, Kajol Shrestha, Rekha Rawal and Sabnam Rai are the other members in the team.

A total of 22 players had faced the axe after national women’s team coach Samson Jung Thapa fielded the preliminary 44 players for selection matches from October 24-26 at the TU grounds. After the last round of closed-camp that begins from Saturday, the selection committee will name the final 15-member squad for the Asia Qualifiers.

Amidst the suspension of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), an independent selection committee is also looking after the women’s national team for international tournaments. The selection committee is headed by ICC representative Aminul Islam and includes Jagat Tamatta (Nepal head coach), Samsong Jung Thapa and Rubina.

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