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Shahab sneaks in for first time as Nepal name final squad for Tri-Nation Series

Shahab Alam made cut for the first time in the national team as hosts Nepal on Tuesday named their final 15-member squad for the Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series involving the Netherlands and Malaysia.

The much-awaited Series is beginning from Saturday at the TU grounds where the participating teams compete in a double round robin league before the top two play for the title.

Shahab, who had had a brilliant domestic series in Prime Minister Cup and Mayor’s Cup 50-over cricket tournaments, sneaked into the national side for the first time. He won his place ahead of another left arm spinner Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi.

Sushan Bhari Shrestha and Kushal Malla are the other other left arm spinners named in the squad to be headed by Gyanendra Malla.

Aasif Sheikh also returned to the national fold in over four years having previously played in the 2017 ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh. His elder brother Aarif also finds place in the team after recovering from injury he sustained during the Prime Minister Cup.

Medium pacer Kamal Singh Airee, who made debut for the national team on February 8, 2020 against Oman in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 at the TU grounds, has also been named in the team.

Missing out from the 20-member preliminary squad were Lokesh Bam, Pawan Sarraf, Bikram Sob and Sundeep Jora.

Dipendra Singh Airee has been named the vice-captain of the team as other members include former skipper Paras Khadka, Binod Bhandari, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Kushal Bhurtel and Abinash Bohora.

Nepal begin their tournament campaign with the match against the Netherlands on the opening day.

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