November 16, 2009

ACC Twenty20 Cup

Khadka to captain Nepal in ACC Twenty20 Cup

Judhajit

Tony Munro

Allrounder Paras Khadka will be leading Nepal in the Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup to be held in the UAE from November 22-30. In a move, which had been widely anticipated, the 22-year-old replaced Binod Das as captain, ending the latter's four-year tenure.

Khadka, who bats in the middle order and bowls medium pace, was elevated to Nepal's senior team in 2004 after playing a key role in the Under-19 team's successes in the World Cups. He has played 30 international matches for the senior team, scoring 630 runs at 30 and has taken 27 wickets at 16.44.

Nepal's successes at the Under-19 level and the promise of emerging talent led to expectations from the senior team led by Das. However, they were not met, as Nepal lost the semi-finals of several major tournaments last year, including the World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey and the ACC Trophy in Malaysia.

The team is currently in Delhi playing local selections and they will then depart for the UAE on November 20. Nepal's first match of the tournament is against Malaysia on November 22. They have been placed in Group B - arguably the weaker of the two groups - which also includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Group A features Afghanistan, who came fifth at the World Cup Qualifiers this year, reigning ACC Trophy Elite champions Hong Kong, Elite finalists, UAE, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and China.

Nepal will again be coached by former Sri Lanka batsman, Roy Dias.

Squad: Paras Khadka (capt), Binod Das, Dipendra Chaudhary, Paresh Lohani, Sharad Vesawkar, Gyanendra Malla, Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi, Amrit Bhattarai, Binod Bhandari, Mahaboob Alam, Naresh Bahadur Budhaayer, Mahesh Kumar Chhetri, Sanjam Regmi; Roy Dias (coach), Manjur Alam Khan (team official), Naresh Kumar Shrestha (manager).

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Posted by Kiran on (November 28, 2009, 13:22 GMT)

Nepal has beaten Baharain by 3 wickets

Posted by Vikram Maingi on (November 19, 2009, 13:32 GMT)

I heard that only three teams make it to the Asian Games next year. In that case, Nepal's chances to qualify are really very low.

Posted by Supen on (November 19, 2009, 12:52 GMT)

Nepal of course is strong team. On its day Nepal can win anyone in the list. And this time is a revenge time for Nepal against Afghanistan if they make it to the second round. Nepalese players have waited long for this and this is the perfect time. I am sure Paras will lead from the front.He has nothing to lose but many to gain. So I hope he will give his maximum. And the players also have to be motivated from within. Work as a team , never give up till the game over. Show the world that you have come not only to participate but to win and prove lot of things. Forget about the management in Nepal, facilites provided in Nepal and the future of cricket in Nepal. The players have to think that they cannot get a better platform than this and this is place they have to prove themselves. Things can change in a second if u are winning.... So best of luck guys. I know u all have the guts, so go on..

Posted by kamal r oli on (November 18, 2009, 10:53 GMT)

all the best guys go and get it

Posted by saroj on (November 18, 2009, 8:59 GMT)

thanks cricinfo for information of nepal, i think nepal will win the match best of luck nepal, paras and all players.

Posted by Kalyan Lama on (November 18, 2009, 6:22 GMT)

It's a good team as well as a good captain Nepal has this time. And hope every body supports the new captain. All the best for the team for their future success.

Posted by Ashish on (November 18, 2009, 3:36 GMT)

I am actually really sad about the progress or should I say regress of Nepal as a cricketing nation. Its just bewildering a fact that an u-19 nation which has defeated SA, Pakistan, Bangladesh and NZ not anywhere in a cricketing map in the senior level! I actually dont give Nepal any proper chance in T-20 because we dont have any proper batting prowess to get enough runs on the scoreboard to win the whole tournament!!! But hopefully they prove me wrong! I know they have changed the captain but the team more or less is the same, cant understand a player like Shakti Gauchan best fitted for 3-4 day cricket gets a nod ahead of some hard hitters in T-20 cricket! Surely its time for Roy Luke Dias to move on, he has done wonders to the team but surely he's now running out of new ideas. We need a fresh structure and a fresh mindset to be able to give an account of ourselves!! Best wishes for this tournament and I sincerely hope to see our team playing the bigger teams in my lifetime!

Posted by Rabin/ australia on (November 17, 2009, 12:45 GMT)

Actually nepal loose the 2 friendly t20-20 match series in mumbai with DDCA which stop my dream to see Nepal playing 20-20 world cup in West indies. i think CAN decision goes wrong dis time. but still good luck for my country; team mates n hope to see good team work and start the qualifying match by a good win.. best of luck Paras, hope you didnot let our team goes behind.dis is the golden opportunity..best of luck Nepal.. jai nepal

Posted by manish on (November 16, 2009, 17:06 GMT)

im sure nepal will win this trophy this time. they are rejuvinated through the change in captaincy and this is a good symbol. all the best nepal

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