National team skipper Paras Khadka was hopeful that the 15-day tour in Sri Lanka ahead of the Emerging Teams Cup will compensate the time that the team has lost at home.
With almost nine days of training period already washed out due to monsoon, Nepali players have hardly had any chance to play with bat and ball after CAN called up closed-camp unveiling 22-member preliminary squad on July 10. With the long-sought and delayed indoor facility construtcion still keeping players’ open-space training at bay, the naional team has been confined to fitness training.
The Sri Lankan tour — which was already confirmed for the Emerging teams Cup preparation by the cricket governing body — will see Nepali team play five testing 50-over matches. Nepal will play four matches against the ACC Emerging Teams Cup playing Sri Lankan U-23 squad and one game against a combined North East team.
“Since the indoor facility is still to get completed, we have not been able to practice for the last eight or nine days and that too after the camp was called,” Paras told cricketingnepal.com.
“At this point, Sri Lanka would be a good tour to start with. I hope we will get some good cricket there and hopefully the tour would help most,” added the skipper.
To find a temporary solution, CAN has prepared two indoor-practice pitches at the shooting range in Satdobato which is expected to get finalised by Friday.
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake — who is returning on July 24 from Canada — was grateful to CAN. “The credit goes to CAN for arranging for the tour,” said Dassanayake. ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake and Dassanayake arranged for the matches which will be played at different venues.
Apart from five 50-over games, Nepal will also have six training sessions at different venues.