B2F (Bat & Ball Foundation), a non-profitable charity organisation, saw its official launching with 1996 World Cup winning coach for Sri Lanka Dav Whatmore doing the honors.
The Foundation, a wing of Basanta Chaudhary Foundation but runs independently, aims at working in the betterment of cricket by tapping new talents, running academy and facilitating aspiring cricketers. In its first initiation, B2F managed to bring in Whatmore to mentor Nepali cricketers.
“B2F is a project primarily initiated to create the best platform for players and to modernize cricket connecting the society with the spirit and culture of the game,” said B2F Chairman Parash Shakya.
“B2F will work with the social organisations, schools and colleges, and work on our own to identify young players who need right coaching, facilities and provide them with right opportunities,” he added.
Whatmore will give a two-week high performance camp to 32 Nepali cricketers and a two-day coaching clinic to Nepali coaches. “I am very interested to spend my time here with the guys to give as much as I can to ensure that they improve,” said Whatmore.
National cricket team skipper Paras Khadka was eager to get mentored by Whatmore. “As players we are very keen to undergo the high performance camp under him. His visit comes at a time when we are preparing for World Cricket League Championship matches against Kenya and we would like to make the best use of him,” said Khadka.