Nepali national cricket team scheduled to get based in South Africa for their ICC World Cricket League Division-II preparations will play three matches with semi-professional team and one with an academy team in Benoni.
Nepal will begin their tour from January 2 and set up their camp for the tournament until January 13. The Division-II begins in Namibia from January 17-24.
Nepal will play 50-over matches against first class teams – Eastern Team, Northerns Team and a Gautend Team – while the name of the Academy Team is yet to be confirmed. The 10-day stay in South Africa will see Nepal shape themselves up for the Division-II acclimatizing in the African conditions.
Former Indian national team spinner Venkatpathy Raju will also help the Nepali spinners shape up their skills during their camp in Kathmandu. Along with Raju, former Sri Lankan fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake will also join Nepal before they leave for South Africa.
While Raju, an ACC Development Officer, will arrive in Kathmandu on December 25, Ratnayake will show up on 22nd. Ratnayake has been contributing to Nepali cricket as the ACC Development Officer before the country embarks on the international tournaments.