National cricket team coach Pubudu Dassanayake, Nepali cricket will move into the next level with its participation in the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC).
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed Nepal’s spot in the WCLC that will see Nepal play two home and away matches against Division-I teams Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands, Namibia along with Kenya.
The next two year will see Nepal play competitive cricket continuously which Dassanayake believes will be very useful for Nepali cricket. “Under the WCLC, we will get to play 50-over matches continuously. We will visit other nine teams and they will be here in Nepal. This will take Nepali cricket to another level,” said Dassanayake.
Although Nepal will compete in the WCLC, they are not drawn directly in the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier to be held in Bangladesh from March 1-4, 2018. Nepal will need to finish inside the top six after the completion of WCLC to get into the 10-team World Qualifier. The bottom four teams from the ICC ODI Rankings will make the full list.
Dassanayake, however, is confident to get into the World Qualifier. “We will get tougher by playing competitive cricket for two years. Our performance in the WCLC depends on how well we do in the next three months. If we come up with improvement, we will definitely stake our claims for the Qualifiers,” Dassanayake told cricketingnepal.com.