July 27, 2008

Nepal

Nepal brush past Qatar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Unbeaten half-centuries from Gyanendra Malla (76 not out) and Sharad Vesawkar (51 not out), and their 126-run stand, took Nepal to a comfortable seven-wicket win against Qatar at the Royal Military College ground. Choosing to bat, Qatar began slowly, making just 46 in the first 15 overs. Their captain, Omer Taj, made 48 off 77 balls, but did not receive much support from the middle order. Rusharat Ali, the wicketkeeper, struck an unbeaten 40 as Qatar were eventually bowled out for 171. Shakti Gauchan, a legspinner, and seamer Basata Negmi took three wickets each. A double-strike from Abbas Khan gave Nepal early jitters as they fell to 46 for 3, but Malla and Vesawkar combined to dash Qatar's hopes.

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Posted by Bibek Pokharel on (October 30, 2008, 3:58 GMT)

I agree with the above comment. Nepal is probably the best side in Asia among the non-test playing nations. But a very low margin defeat in a couple of world cup qualifiers against countries like Namibia has put Nepal is the lower rank. I also agree with the point that Nepalese players need a lot more exposure. Lot of tournaments need to be organized by the concerns. Nepalese players have the potential to hold their wicket till the last ball of the 50th over but what they lack is the match practice. And the other point is a kind of request the Cricket Association of Nepal to please think about the decentralization of cricket, let it reach the other part of the country, search the talent from all over the country, make some more international standards stadiums, I believe doing these things will not only facilitate and improve performance of the players but also create certain hype among other people who love and support cricket.

Posted by Srizan Gangol on (October 17, 2008, 1:12 GMT)

Nepal is the best side in Asia.Nepal has beaten hongkong and can also beat afganisthan and UAE as well. BUt Nepalese players are like kind of scared with these teams.Playing thier natural game with paitence is the key for Nepalese team. Nepal some how needs to bat full 50 overs if they want to challange any team. Nepalese players must be given oppertunity to play in various kind of pitches. Cricket in Nepal is fouced only on Kathmandu. If few more tournaments are organised in differet places of the country then other grounds can also be developed and players will also have habit of different conditions and can adopt themself in those condition easily.

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