Nepal April 19, 2010

Beach cricket in Nepal

Alan Curr
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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.

Sahil Dutta is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • fanedlive on March 30, 2011, 6:26 GMT

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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive on August 15, 2010, 10:22 GMT

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

  • fanedlive 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!

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

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