If initial informations are not ruled out, Nepal can probably play against the strongest teams ever when the Sagarmatha Cement Journey to World Cup Cricket Tournament begins at the Tribhuvan University Stadium next week.
Zohra International Pvt Ltd, organisers of the December 2-7 event, said Air India and Delhi Wanderers teams will land here in Kathmandu with some of the renowned names in India cricket.
Zohra International Managing Director Amir Akhtar said the two Indian teams will have Indian Premier League (IPL) players along with Ranji Trophy cricketers. Singapore national cricket team is the other team in the tournament.
“The Air India and Delhi Wanderers team will have some of the high profile names of Indian cricket and I am sure they are going to be the strongest opponents ever Nepal will be playing against,” said Akhtar.
“I am sure the Indian teams are going to make a perfect match-up for Nepal’s preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers,” he added. Nepal are taking the Journey to World Cup as a preparation event for the 50-over World Cup Qualifiers which will be held in New Zealand in January next year.
After qualifying for the ICC World Twenty20 on Wednesday, Nepal can hit a double jackpot if they finished inside the top two teams of the 10-team World Cup Qualifiers. Australia and New Zealand are jointly hosting the 2015 ICC World Cup.
Former Indian team wicket keeper Vijay Dahiya – also a coach of IPL outfit Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) – is among the renowned names along with Maninder Bisla who plays for KKR, Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Paul Valthaty, former Indian Test player and U-19 World Cup winning member Ritender Singh Sodhi.