As one after another day of national team’s much-awaited Twenty20 International Series against Hong Kong got splashed in rain, coach Pubudu Dassanayake had nothing but to oblige to the nature’s call.
Dassanayake has always wanted his boys to get the best exposure at the international level and Asian Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket are to thank for taking the initiation and managing a programme for the rising Associate nations.
But more than the exposure, the series was the best utility of the Twenty20 status provided by the International Cricket Council to Nepal. Had all three Twenty20s been successfully completed with results favouring Nepal, it would have eased the national team’s progress in the ICC rankings, provided they played two more matches and completed the minimum requirement of eight games to get into the rankings.
But a rainy Dambulla was there to deny Nepalese excitement and Dassanayake was to keep his head down. “I want our team to play games at the international level as much as possible. This tour was well organised and we missed the opportunity,” Dassanayake toldcricketingnepal.com from Dambulla.
“But we cannot complain because weather has helped us many times when it really matters,” added the coach who reference might have been Nepal’s recent ICC World Cricket League Division-III title triumph in Bermuda where two of Nepal’s matches were heavily affected by rain and ultimately benefitted the boys in red and blue.
Nepal began their tour with three-day matches against Kurunegala Combined XI and Sri Lanka Combined XI where they lost the first one and were unlucky not to win the second despite taking control of entire match.
As the series against Dambulla is likely to be called off on Saturday, Nepal will now head to Colombo where they will play one 50-over game on November 23 at the Army grounds and the only Twenty20 International against Hong Kong at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo.