April 19, 2010

Nepal

Beach cricket in Nepal

Sahil Dutta

Beach cricket, Nepal style © Alan Curr

Alan Curr

Beach cricket is not something many associate with a landlocked country, but at the Riverside Springs Resort, Nepal this weekend that is just what happened.

It is the second competition of its kind this year, following on from the inaugural event in 2009. In that first edition there were eight teams competing, while this year 34 teams played over the two weekends.

This is a sure sign that cricket in Nepal is growing and comes immediately after the national side won the World Cricket League Division 5 on home turf in February, and followed that up with a runners-up spot in the Asian Cricket Council Championship last month.

The event is the brainchild of former international Aamir Akhtar and his Shangri-La Cricket Academy. Aamir said: “People in this country are passionate about the game, but they rarely get a chance to play in any kind of competitive environment.

“We are delighted with the success so far but wish to make it bigger and better. This year we had celebrity actress Namrata Shrestha as an ambassador which adds great glamour and gives an extra incentive for the boys to perform!”

The slogan for Beach Cricket is 'Serious Fun' and I was amazed at just how seriously many people took the five-a-side competition, played over five overs. There was plenty of diving in the outfield and long bowling run-ups, along with the odd thrown bat after a dismissal.

Winning captain Monish Shrestha from SBI Bank said that is was the kind of competitive cricket he had missed since he finished playing seriously seven years ago, and would very keen to come back next year.

One man who will definitely be back next year is Sandip Kalfe who has taken part in all three competitions and said: “I just love cricket, I would do this every weekend if I could.”

It’s very encouraging that there are people working hard to get others playing the game in Nepal. While the standard was patchy, there were a few current internationals on show and the commitment and enthusiasm was a delight to behold. Long may it continue.

RELATED LINKS

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

RSS Feeds: Sahil Dutta

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by bishal on (March 30, 2011, 6:26 GMT)

neplease love ccket so saarc countries who have test ranking should help nepal

Posted by Bikesh on (August 21, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

its really gr8 how people are more interested and enthusiastic about cricket in this part of world...so ICC must provide some extra support to this South Asian countries..after all 4 out of 8 South Asian countries are participating with other 6 international test playing countries from other part of world. It simply proves the strength of south Asian countries atleast in cricket.

Posted by BIJAY on (August 15, 2010, 10:22 GMT)

Grt to have a beach cricket in Nepal....... It is a great way to attract and promote.........

Posted by Aamir Akhtar on (July 31, 2010, 5:41 GMT)

Dear Everyone and CricInfo and Alan

Thanks for the wonderful coverage and all your admirations. Shangri-La Cricket Academy just took an initiative to introduce another cricket format in an innovative way. For sure our main mission of promoting Cricket Tourism domestically was achieved impressively. Not only that we also managed to bring people/participants from various backgrounds and play for a mission.

Next year we gonna make it Large. Pls feel free to contact me to be a part of it at aamir@shangrilacricketacademy.com

Cheers!

Posted by Nishant Raj Pandey on (May 9, 2010, 8:03 GMT)

Nepal is immersing as a good cricketing side since few years. After winning the ICC World Division-v crown, they have proved their ability to compete against test playing nation. But due to lack of infrastructures provided to cricketers, they are on being able to develop as much standard as Afghanistan. Better facilities will encourage the players and the cricket in Nepal will uplift.

Posted by dhruva aryal, delhi 9818108085 on (May 5, 2010, 13:44 GMT)

10 years from now, nepal will be the force to reckon with in cricket! grass level work is on and hope we get good infrastruture, then there is no dearth of talent in nepal.... I like when nepal comes to intl arena, they will not be called as minnows... They will directly beat the best cricketing nation in test match...that is our dream and reality is not far! belief me!!! Thanks Dhruva from New Delhi

Posted by Shekhar Aryal on (April 26, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

there is no doubt Nepal got very talented players,the only problem is that not having enough cricket n infrastructure.We all know that in under 19 world cup Nepal already upset test playing nation like Pakistan,South Africa,newzealand,Bangaladesh etc.Beach cricket helps nepal in alround development of cricket.Its gr8 job by Amir.

Posted by jit Bahadur Pun on (April 25, 2010, 7:13 GMT)

sirrr...............Raman U made really enjoying Beach Cricket..ur gr8 commentaries....thanks for all who have participated feeling good for the coverage in this blog.

Posted by amit on (April 24, 2010, 12:01 GMT)

this was good iniciative from the shangrila cricket academy. but now its high time for cricket association of nepal(CAN) to work towards development of cricket in the country, esp. first class structure and the infrastructure need to be improved.

Posted by Raman on (April 22, 2010, 12:34 GMT)

Was wonderful time out there_I was doing commentry for both of the games !! Play and grow_Well done frn Curr !! Cheeers Raman

Comments have now been closed for this article

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sahil Dutta
Assistant editor Sahil Dutta grew up supporting England during the 90s. Despite this, he still enjoys the game. His unrequited passions for Graeme Hick and, in latter years, Vikram Solanki gave him a stoicism that guided him through an Economics degree and a stint working at the European Parliament. He maintains the purest love for Tests and the whims of legspin bowling and still harbours hope that he could be the answer to England's long search for a mystery spinner. As it is, his most exciting cricketing experience was planning a trip to Australia for the 2006-07 Ashes with two utterly indifferent friends. Unfortunately his lung collapsed shortly before his planned departure and the pair were left to wander around from Test to Test, unprepared and clueless. Any comparisons with England are far too obvious to make. That cancelled holiday inspired an Ashes blog which led, via some tea-making at the Wisden Cricketer, to the ESPNcricinfo towers.

All articles by this writer