Zimbabwean Sikandar Raza said he was impressed by the cricketing culture of Nepal as the allrounder landed in Kathmandu to play the Everest Premier League Twenty20 on Thursday.
Raza will represent 2017 champions Biratnagar Warriors in the tournament but will miss the services of former national team skipper Paras Khadka who has pulled out of the tournament after stating he would take a break from the game after resigning as Nepal international.
“I am here to play full tournament and we will make to the final. You guys have such a good cricketing culture. I have seen the pictures of fans coming in numbers at the stadium and that is something I am looking forward to it,” Raza said upon his arrival.
Raza wanted to reignite the relations he had had with Nepali cricketers when the country played in the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and earned ODI status from that tournament.
“Last time Paras and I planned to play together but I couldn’t come because of international fixture. I had promised him to play this time so I am pretty excited to be here,” he said.
“I got some good memories with Nepali players like Sompal (Kami), Arif (Sheikh) and Paras himself. These boys came to Zimbawe and we became really good friends. Its my turn to be here and pay back (for that friendship).” Born in Sialkot, Pakistan, Raza has the experience of paying 117 Twenty20s.
The 35-year old has also played 118 ODIs, 17 Tests and 42 Twenty20 Internationals for Zimbabwe.