Nepal November 22, 2009

'Nepal's domestic structure must improve'

Nepal’s new captain, Paras Khadka, believes his country’s players must be given more opportunities against stronger opposition if Nepalese cricket is to improve.

Tony Munro

Nepal’s new captain, Paras Khadka, believes his country’s players must be given more opportunities against stronger opposition if Nepalese cricket is to improve.

"We must improve our domestic structure - there is so much talent but this talent drains out due to lack of exposure.... I want to see our players pitted against better teams and better opponents," Khadka said.

National team players are scattered throughout at least 16 regional leagues across Nepal, with the annual inter-district competition being the only time they are tested.

Khadka, only 22, leads his national team today (Sunday) for the first time, in the ACC Twenty20 tournament game against Malaysia in Sharjah.

Khadka says he enjoys captaincy as it helps him perform. "I like to lead from the front - it's about taking responsibility, setting a benchmark for others to follow...captaincy comes with great expectations and if I can muster up enough courage in all of the players to go in the field and showcase their talent I would be honestly obliged."

And it's perhaps fitting that Khadka makes his captaincy debut in cricket's newest version. "Twenty20 is a fast-paced game, everything happens in a second. It's about taking the quick decision, hopefully have a little luck and then hope for things to fall by your’s an exciting format and I do enjoy it."

He agreed Nepal had fallen in vital matches and called on the side's leading players needed to deliver when it matters.

"We as players play very well in league games but the odd semi-final is when we haven't had any luck, plus as a team too we haven't performed with outstanding contributions during big games. We hope to break the jinx this time.”

Nepal's remaining matches in Group B are: Monday (November 23) v Kuwait, Tuesday (November 24) v Oman, Thursday (November 26) v Qatar & Saturday (November 28) v Bahrain. The finals are on Saturday (November 29) and Sunday (November 30).

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • testli5504537 on January 14, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    Before few years when nepali under-19 team beat South africa under-19 team i was watching the match between pakistan and india in 2003 worldcup south africa.That time i used to think after sometimes i may watch nepali player like playing this blistering inning which was played by Sachin to win the game.But since that days i only watching my team losing every improtant match in every stage. So nowdays i dont think anything about nepali cricket future. I am very disapointed. i also gaveup my pratice habbit to play gud cricket.

  • testli5504537 on January 8, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    CAN when will club cricket start in nepal.Nepali cricket team should be join in BANGLADESHi cricket league to improve batting...i thought nepal will not improve.....Prithu Baskota should be join in senior team

  • testli5504537 on December 31, 2009, 22:54 GMT

    The major reason why Nepal has never been able to grow is due to the lack of support, financial and moral both. Not much has been invested in it as compared to soccer. Not many tournaments take place. Unless proper trainings and facilities are provided to sportsperson the sport won't flourish to the maximum.

  • testli5504537 on November 23, 2009, 11:13 GMT

    I feels sad to be a Nepali when you see so much talent in our team that is wasted. I don't know how many capable players have left the country due to lack of facilities and opportunities. However, I feel proud that we have achieved what we have despite all these adversities. I hope my country will some day feature in a world cup and be a reputed test playing nation...Jai Nepal

  • No featured comments at the moment.