Thank God that it came on the way. Oh sorry God is not thankful for all this.
Thank You ACC that you brought it on the way.
The biggest concern for Nepal for the time being is how the team is going to prepare at its best for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers and most importantly the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.
For a cricketing nation like Nepal, which recently climbed to the World Cricket League Division-II, preparations depend on their own. And for a country like Nepal where cricket administrators are running out of clue with almost nil presence of infrastructure and financially weak, dependancy on an external force is always vivid.
Nepal needed a programme ahead of the two big tournaments they are playing from November to January next year, may be an exposure against compeitive teams. An initiation from the cricket governing body in Nepal was surely unexpected to get such competitive teams.
And there comes the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) with the Emerging Teams Cup which allows the full strength side of the Associate nations to prove themselves against U-23 teams from the Asian Test playing countries. They certainly are going to be tough.
With the World Twenty20 and 50-over World Cup Qualifiers on the threshold, tournaments like ACC Emerging Teams Cup is actually an elixir for Nepal which they need to savour with their hearts out.
After playing Sri Lankan U-23 during their 15-day practice tour in the island nation, Nepal are playing Afghanistan at the SCC grounds in Singapore on Saturday, their first hurdle in the Emerging Teams Cup. Nepal last played against Afghanistan during the ACC Trophy final in 2010 and the team was severely crushed by 95 runs but things have changed after three years.
The Afghans are surely going to feel that its a different Nepal team they are facing, but if they don’t, it will certainly raise a huge question on the mental toughness of Paras Khadka-led Nepali team that took a huge stride towards Division-II developing huge amount of intensity.
Pitted in Group ‘A’, the biggest experience for Nepal would be playing against U-23 teams of India and Pakistan. Fans back home are expecting an unlikely victory against India, the opponents whom Nepali fans love dearly.
But after being dispatched 4-0 by Sri Lankan U-23, victory against either India or Pakistan is a far cry as they are the biggest opponents for any senior Nepali side in the country’s 17-year old cricketing history.
India and Pakisan are no doubt the title contenders so coach Pubudu Dassanayake would like to see his team defeat Afghanistan and do better against India and Pakistan. A win against Afghanistan would be welcomed by Dassanayake and he would return a happy man if Nepal go anywhere near the mighty India and Pakistan.
Dassanayake and the entire Nepali camp has stressed more preparing for the two big Qualifiers and there is nothing to lose for them in the Emerging Teams Cup. It is a tournament that came at a right time for Nepal and having India, Pakistan and Afghanistan is a perfect test for them.
Lets thank ACC and groove with the music.