So, the team is off to Jaipur now and what will the seven-day tour would be like? And what would be the training focused on? Coach Pubudu Dassanayake knows the best and skipper Paras Khadka could give some hint.
Just some days ago, Nepal delighted the home crowd in their respectful second place finish in the ACC Twenty20 Cup. The runners-up position achieved after Nepal’s first ever final appearance in ACC’s biennial event maintained the cricket lover’s excitement. Last year, the senior cricketers had created a huge cricketing wave lifting the ICC World Cricket League Division-IV title and ACC Trophy Elite.And now with ICC World Cricket League Division-III looming in Bermuda, Nepal are returning to a format where they gave their best last year. With the team having a set of in-form players, Dassanayake would like to stay focused on the game. Nepal are scheduled to play four 50-over friendly matches against the teams comprising of the second and third string players from Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals and other cricketers from the city. The joy of watching Rajasthan Royals play against Mumbai Indians will be a cherry on the cake. “I am quite happy from the preparations that we have made and the form that we are going through is pretty good. We will stay focused on our plans and accommodate ourselves for the format,” said Dassanayake. Dassanayake is mulling over the opening combination options after watching the new pair of Pradeep Airee and Subash Khakurel doing good for Nepal in the ACC Twenty 20. However, before the idea of going with a new pair Dassanayake will be struck by Subash and Anil Mandal’s 94-run opening partnership against the UAE in the final of ACC Trophy Elite last year.Dassanayake said he is looking forward at how Pradeep and Subash do in the Jaipur tour but skipper Paras Khadka is pretty confident to retain the same opening combination. “Anil has been a very good 50-over opener for us and Subash has also been performing very well. I think Pradeep will move down the order and play role of a finisher,” said Paras. Paras said the team would continue their hard work in Jaipur tour and get focused on their aspirations to improve every time. “We have been working really hard for the last one year. We have to make a long way Jaipur tour will be a focused one for the team. “We have been working hard for the last one year and we don’t want to slow down. We have set certain plans and we will stay focused on that,” said the skipper.Nepal will return on April 20 after completing their tour before leaving for Division-III tournament in Bermuda. The Division-III – which also includes the United States of America, Oman, Italy and Uganda – will send two finalists after the round robin league into the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in 2014.