ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier news November 10, 2013

Nepal hungry to reach the big league

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    good going guys... all the best (y)

  • Hem Chandra on November 17, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Paras You must have approve that we can play and perform well T20 at Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Well done Nepali guys. Best of luck for up comin games.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    nepal can do it.......!!!

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    well done!! keep it up................

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Best wishes for the Nepali team.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Best of Luck for all Nepalese player to select ICC World 20 qualifier.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    you can do it ,"We have allrounders players followed by a strong batting line and hard work" as well Nepal Cricket Team always been lucky in T20/20, Best of luck from the big league.

  • Dummy4 on November 14, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Best of Luck our Nepali Cricket Team and Our All of cricket Player

  • Dummy4 on November 13, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    The format made for qualifying doesn't support the icc idea of globalization of cricket..With much hard work these associates team gets to qualifying stage and even when they qualify they again have to qualify for the main stage of the tournament beating the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ...I think it's unfair on the associate sides..rather than 2nd qualification the top 6 teams should have got to play the main stage of the tournament making the total of 16 teams in world to rather than 10..Also ICC wants to get cricket bigger in USA ..I don't know with this type of qualification USA will ever reach the main stage of the tournament..and without it cricket can never rise is USA ..same with other affiliates and associate teams....

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