With ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers less than two months away, national team giving their all to prepare themselves in a perfect way in their bid to write a new history in Nepali cricket. Since six teams are guaranteed spots in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh, Nepali camp which has been playing the best cricket in their history, is one of the 16 teams that fancies its chance to play first ever World Cup.
cricketingnepal.com took to the field during the team’s practice sessions of the national team and this is how it looks at the prepartion to let you know about each and every run-up to the World Twenty20.
Currently 24 players have are undergoing closed-camp training that began from September 8 at the Tribhuvan University grounds.
Coach Pubud Dassanayake is assisted by coaches Jagat Tamatta, Samson Jung Thapa and Manjur Alam Khan in the training session that has been separated into three sessions.
Raman Shiwakoti is helping the team management as technical analyst, while CAN member Purna Lama has been facilitating the players and the functioning of practice sessions as High Performance Programme (HPP) Manager.
The training sessions include one and half hour fitness test, two hour batting and bowling session and another one and half hour fielding practice.
The current practice session is focused on shaping the players in Twenty20 format with intense and gurelling physical fitness schedule.
CAN is expected to announce the final squad before October 10 and the performance in the upcoming National Twenty20 Tournament is also going to be one of the criteria.
With the current set of players experienced and exposed, Dassanayake has said there is a stiff competition between the batsmen within the team and the fight will now be among the fast bowlers.
What are further plans?
According to HPP Manager Purna Lama, apart from on-field practice sessions, the national team cricketers will be provided with motivational classes, one-day meditaion class, personality and self belief development programmes by the experts in relevant field.
Under the HPP programme, four Sri Lankan fast bowlers will bowl at the Nepali batsmen. The Sri Lankan bowlers are expected to be here next week.
The cricketers will also be mentored by Victoria State batting coach Chris Harris. Harris will spend two hours with each batsmen after he lands in Kathmandu early October for a six-day tour.
The final squad will leave for New Delhi for a 10-day practice tour with the initial date set for October 20.
In New Delhi, Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) will provide the Nepali team with the sides affiliated to the governing body.
Nepal will be playing at least seven practice matches against DDCA teams that are expected to be tough and include Ranji Trophy players.
After the team returns from New Delhi on an expected date of October 30, the team will leave for the UAE in the first week of November.
Players currently undergoing closed-camp
Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Subash Khakurel, Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Sharad Vesawkar, Prithu Baskota, Bhuwan Karki, Manjeet Shrestha, Binod Das, Yagya Man Kumal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sanjam Regmi, Basanta Regmi, Shakti Gauchan, Amrit Bhattarai, Naresh Budhayer, Chandra Saud, Sagar Pun, Avinash Karn, Rahul Kumar BK, Mahesh Chhetri, Ram Naresh Giri and Anil Mandal.