Nepal hungry to reach the big league
Nepal captain Paras Khadka has said his team is hungry to compete against Full Member nations, as they prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE and aim to seal their passage to the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Nepal is in Group B, along with Afghanistan, Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya, Bermuda, Denmark and Papua New Guinea. Khadka said his team had been focusing on fitness and skills in the lead-up to the competition, which begins on November 15.
"The boys have been working really hard for the last two months. We've also toured India, with a trip to Delhi for some practice games and that has helped the team gain some momentum ahead of the tournament," Khadka said. "Some of the newer players have come through our U-19 set-up, as well as the U-23 set-up. We have a balanced set-up, especially when it comes to our fast bowlers and spin bowlers. We have a couple of allrounders followed by a strong batting line-up, we've got it all there."
Nepal has not yet made it to a World Cup or World Twenty20 and Khadka said his team would strive to be able to play against the major teams. "It means everything to us, we want to be there as we have worked very hard to be here. We are hungry to get to the top and compete against the Full Members in the pinnacle of Twenty20 cricket.
"All the teams must have prepared really well so we cannot take any team lightly. Everyone wants to make it to the World Twenty20 so it will be really competitive, but we're ready for the challenge and we are looking forward to playing positively and concentrating on our strong points."
Nepal's first game is against Denmark on November 15.
Nepal: Paras Khadka (capt), Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Amrit Bhattarai, Mahesh Chhetri, Shakti Gauchan, Subash Khakurel, Avinash Karn, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma