National team regular Subash Khakurel has recovered from the viral fever and will play Nepal’s second Group ‘A’ match of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers against Scotland on Thursday.
Subash’s return is a welcome news for the entire team camp following a disastrous opening to the tournament Nepal have had on Monday. Subash is well-known for his capability to stay at the wicket and apart from playing big strokes.
His absence was dearly felt when Nepal were reduced to 53-5 inside 18 overs in a chase of mammoth 297-8 from UAE in their opening encounter of Qualifiers. Nepal had a horrible start when Anil Mandal departed for a first ball duck and Mahesh Chhetri – replacing Subash in the top order – was dismissed for a 21-ball nine.
Subash had a brief practice session in Christchurch and along with the team will join a one-hour flight to Queenstown to face Scotland.
“He will be ready for next game,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com from New Zealand. Mahesh will now have to make way for Subash. Concerns have also been their regarding the fitness of skipper Paras Khadka but Dassanayake said though being not 100 per cent fit, the Nepal captain will manage.
Both Paras and Subash missed Nepal’s official warm-up matches against Namibia and Kenya ahead of the Qualifiers. Nepal went on to lose both of the matches by slim margins.