World Cricket League Division Three 2013 April 28, 2013

Two spots up for grabs for 2014 World Cup Qualifier

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What could be the last hurrah for several teams hoping for a chance to reach a World Cup begins on Sunday in Bermuda when World Cricket League Division Three gets underway. The top two teams in this tournament advance to the 2014 World Cup Qualifier due to be held in New Zealand. With the 2019 World Cup slated to include only 10 teams, World Cup 2015 may be the last chance any of these sides will ever get at making a run at a major 50-over global tournament.

Nepal is the hungriest of the six sides in Bermuda looking to devour the likes of Italy, Oman, Uganda, USA and the hosts, Bermuda, in the round-robin event. The country has had traditionally strong junior teams but under the leadership of coach Pubudu Dassanayake, they are finally getting the maximum out of their talent at the senior level. Nepal went undefeated at Division Four in Malaysia last September to earn a spot in Bermuda and they haven't slowed down one bit since.

In October, they earned a share of the Asian Cricket Council Trophy Elite 50-over tournament after tying with the UAE in the final in Sharjah. Four weeks ago in the ACC Twenty20 Cup, they made it to the final on home soil before losing to Afghanistan. They used to be a team that relied heavily on their spin bowlers, but now the batting has caught up, easing the pressure on their captain Paras Khadka.

Nepal's only challenge appears to be whether or not their arsenal of left-arm orthodox spinners - Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi and Rahul Vishvakarma - are able to adjust bowling on some of the smaller grounds that may be used in the tournament. Regardless, they are favorites to come out on top in a field that lacks tremendous depth.

The second spot available for promotion into the 2014 World Cup Qualifier will most likely be a dogfight between USA and Italy. USA has the advantage of having familiarity with conditions after visiting Bermuda in 2010 for an ICC Americas tournament. They also have recent form on their side with an undefeated run at the 2013 ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 tournament.

However, it remains to be seen how the team responds to the absence of Aditya Thyagarajan and Usman Shuja. The two senior players were dropped for the tournament, adding to the weight of responsibility of captain Steve Massiah to perform for USA. He has not scored a century in live competition since 2006, but turned in triple figures for USA in a 186-run win over Uganda on Friday in a warm-up fixture ahead of USA's first match against Nepal on Sunday.

Italy showed how serious they were taking this tournament by being one of the earliest arrivals in Bermuda, landing a full week ahead of the event. Allrounder Peter Petricola will once again be a major factor in the outcome of Italy's fortunes.

Uganda's heavy defeat to USA in a warm-up match is a strong indication that the African side will struggle. Oman are an underdog as well and a loss at the hands of Kuwait during the ACC Twenty20 Cup last month may be a harbinger of a long week in Bermuda. Under normal circumstances that would be nothing to complain about in a beautiful island nation, but not so much with a spot in the World Cup Qualifier at stake.

Traditionally the host sides in World Cricket League play have fared very well, but Bermuda is a side on the decline and they may wind up finding themselves closer to fighting against relegation to Division Four instead of promotion by the end of the eight-day event. They looked ragged last month in Florida and suffered a stunning defeat at the hands of Suriname during the Americas Twenty20 tournament.

Making things more difficult for them is the absence of teenagers Kamau Leverock and Joshua Gilbert, who are missing the tournament due to school commitments. It'll be up to David Hemp and Janeiro Tucker to turn back the clock and relive their form of yesteryear if Bermuda is to have any chance of getting back to the World Cup, which they made in 2007.

But five other teams are eager for that chance too and unlike Bermuda none of the others have ever tasted World Cup competition. This week will provide them their first, and possibly last, chance to get there and take on the Full Members in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Peter Della Penna is a journalist based in New Jersey

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  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    I think Nepal needs to concentrate on playing more against teams like Afghanistan, UAE, Oman etc and try and keep improving that way. They are a long way off playing in a World Cup right now, however if the ACC could create more tournaments for the Asian and Arabian teams the standards through those regions should improve quite quickly. I always enjoy following the Nepalese team through these tournaments but if they want to move up into the next league their batting has to improve greatly. Strong win for them today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    congrats Nepal to making the final..........now our next target is revenge with Uganda in Final.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    was tough but Nepal made it into the finals ... so NEPAL need to play more matches with the stronger teams in different conditions.. good luck ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Thanks to Victorious home team, though we made splendid victory over Italy today our fate was totally depended on Bermuda's performance and they didn't disappointed Nepali fans. Thanks to home team for favoring us their victory and easing our steps towards next level, thanks to all well wishers n Nepali Fans who held their hope despite of two early defeats. Congratulation Gorkhalese, we've made it. Dear Nepali players we appreciate your performance and hoping to see more improved performance. Thank you guys. Jay Nepal!!

  • POSTED BY prabesh2013 on | May 4, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    and yes ultimately nepal made it through!!!! with hard work n' some luck. KEEP GOING NEPAL!!! thanks to Peter Della Penna for the insight on Nepal!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    As Heroes Strike at Last.. Nepal did..

    Captured the Seat for 2014 World Cup Qualifier.. N' Also, Reached Division II.. Losing first two Games badly, came Strongly in Next Three.. Good Performance by Nepal.. We are Proud of them..

    Lucky Nepal.. N' Thanks to Bermuda..

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    As Heroes Strike at Last.. Nepal did..

    Captured the Seat for 2014 World Cup Qualifier.. N' Also, Reached Division II.. Losing first two Games badly, came Strongly in Next Three.. Good Performance by Nepal.. We are Proud of them..

    Lucky Nepal.. N' Thanks to Bermuda..

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    i want see2014 world cup playing nepali player

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    As a Nepali cricket fan I am disappointed for Nepal performance in the ongoing WCL 3. But now we know that there is a lot of place for improvement. The standard of cricket Nepal has played here has improved from their previous performances overseas but the bad news is that other teams have accelerated more than Nepal has. As some others have said they are frustrated seeing Nepal lose, I am not .... I am rather overwhelmed that Nepal is having tough experiences both with the conditions and with other teams performing better than them. After the first 2 losses, Nepal wins the third one convincingly which shows that being promoted to he next level will definitely be a pleasing factor but trying to play good cricket is the main motto of Nepali team. If Nepal gets promoted, its a big achievement for Nepal and even if it doesn't no one needs to be FRUSTRATED as Nepal has performed better than yesterday

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    As a Nepali cricket fan i am very upset with da performance of nepal. now nepal have very slim chance to enter to the final...

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    I think Nepal needs to concentrate on playing more against teams like Afghanistan, UAE, Oman etc and try and keep improving that way. They are a long way off playing in a World Cup right now, however if the ACC could create more tournaments for the Asian and Arabian teams the standards through those regions should improve quite quickly. I always enjoy following the Nepalese team through these tournaments but if they want to move up into the next league their batting has to improve greatly. Strong win for them today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    congrats Nepal to making the final..........now our next target is revenge with Uganda in Final.

  • POSTED BY on | May 5, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    was tough but Nepal made it into the finals ... so NEPAL need to play more matches with the stronger teams in different conditions.. good luck ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Thanks to Victorious home team, though we made splendid victory over Italy today our fate was totally depended on Bermuda's performance and they didn't disappointed Nepali fans. Thanks to home team for favoring us their victory and easing our steps towards next level, thanks to all well wishers n Nepali Fans who held their hope despite of two early defeats. Congratulation Gorkhalese, we've made it. Dear Nepali players we appreciate your performance and hoping to see more improved performance. Thank you guys. Jay Nepal!!

  • POSTED BY prabesh2013 on | May 4, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    and yes ultimately nepal made it through!!!! with hard work n' some luck. KEEP GOING NEPAL!!! thanks to Peter Della Penna for the insight on Nepal!

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    As Heroes Strike at Last.. Nepal did..

    Captured the Seat for 2014 World Cup Qualifier.. N' Also, Reached Division II.. Losing first two Games badly, came Strongly in Next Three.. Good Performance by Nepal.. We are Proud of them..

    Lucky Nepal.. N' Thanks to Bermuda..

  • POSTED BY on | May 4, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    As Heroes Strike at Last.. Nepal did..

    Captured the Seat for 2014 World Cup Qualifier.. N' Also, Reached Division II.. Losing first two Games badly, came Strongly in Next Three.. Good Performance by Nepal.. We are Proud of them..

    Lucky Nepal.. N' Thanks to Bermuda..

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    i want see2014 world cup playing nepali player

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    As a Nepali cricket fan I am disappointed for Nepal performance in the ongoing WCL 3. But now we know that there is a lot of place for improvement. The standard of cricket Nepal has played here has improved from their previous performances overseas but the bad news is that other teams have accelerated more than Nepal has. As some others have said they are frustrated seeing Nepal lose, I am not .... I am rather overwhelmed that Nepal is having tough experiences both with the conditions and with other teams performing better than them. After the first 2 losses, Nepal wins the third one convincingly which shows that being promoted to he next level will definitely be a pleasing factor but trying to play good cricket is the main motto of Nepali team. If Nepal gets promoted, its a big achievement for Nepal and even if it doesn't no one needs to be FRUSTRATED as Nepal has performed better than yesterday

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    As a Nepali cricket fan i am very upset with da performance of nepal. now nepal have very slim chance to enter to the final...

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    The reason why cricket is not globalized like football is really because of ICC itself...it doent give ample of chances for the associate nation like nepa USAl...really cant understand why ICC is now lowering the number of team in 2019 WC...really feels so frustating...being a nepali i know how much we follow cricket back home...even the ACC knows it.... now the time has really come to give them more chances and support cricket worldwide,not only concentrating on already established teams like IND..SA...WI..ENG..PAK AUS...bla bla bla.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Well Done Uganda keep piling on the wins..3 to go and Div 2 we go!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Nepal was favorite team before tournament but seems like they have a lot of room for improvement. After losing two match, I think being in World Cup Qualifier is almost impossible. The gave very frustrating performance ever. Being Nepali I am very frustrated by our team performance.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    That must have been some incredible batting by the USA yesterday! Nepal versus Uganda today is a huge match in the context of this tournament. If Uganda win I think they will definitely finish in the top two, a win for Nepal and the competition is wide open.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    We Nepalese are waiting for this tournament from a long time .... hoping to see some best actions by our players....We know we are the most favourites among all teams but after the loss against USA we are going to bounce hard against all other team ... especially for today match against Uganda ... Best of Luck Guys! Make us Proud.

  • POSTED BY on | April 29, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Common Nepal, win all the remaining contests. We fans are desperate for World Cup Qualifier and Division 2.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    All The Best Nepal! Lots of expectations are on the way...

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    the 2019 world cup must be a 15 team event three groups of 5 teams each,followed by a super 6 resulting in 43 matches in total,we must not let associates down,they need to play in world cups in either odi or t20 format..

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Echo what others have said, it'll be a disgrace if the 2019 World Cup has only 10 teams (14 or 16 would be ideal). Hoping that Nepal and Uganda pull through here, two teams whose players are home grown (unlike USA, Italy and Oman), and Nepal in particular seem to have a big following back home.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    ICC should change its test structure, Nepalese had shown their craze for cricket is greater than many test nations....I am sure Nepal will qualify World cups (T20 and ODI) if ICC just decide to include 16 teams in the events.....

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    <3 Nepal.We deserved to in this title.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    All the best for my motherland's team!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Ya we are among the better sides as obvious but cricket is a game nd anything can happen. . . Coz the USA team with which nepal had played in recent days is totally changed and we are having to see new faces in their team. . . How come this much of change comes in a team. . . HELL YA US is among the richest country. .. U know wat i meant to tell.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    ICC should introduce these countries NEPAL,AFGHANISTAN,IRELAND,NETHERLANDS in test cricket in next 15 years.or Cricket will never be a global game.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    2019 world cup should be atleast 12 team world cup and format should be like 1999 England world cup.

  • POSTED BY Himalayan_Sherpas on | April 28, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Best of luck Team Nepal for todays game against USA and other games to follow this week. I know you will make us proud CHeerss!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    What espn cricinfo means by last chance?I think if only Nepal get some more international matches to play as Afghanistan is getting nowadays, Nepal can even be recognized as test playing countries in near future. However,Best of Luck guys.You will seriously rockk in this tournament.,.,.,.,.,.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I would not under estimate Uganda, every team needs the chance to get accustomed to conditions. Nepal look good though, I hope they can keep climbing up the rankings and develop further, they are a stand out team in the lower leagues as they are always fielding xi players born in Nepal, great to see.

  • POSTED BY Tysontidnap on | April 28, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Extremely dissapointed by ICC strategy for 2019 World cup. Nepal is the most deserving candidate to upgrade from division-3 to division-2 despite many economical n financial circumstances along with lack of international exposure n sponserships. Proper coaching by our head coach Dasanayake along with the hard work and 3 p's (practice,patience and passion) are the key factors for the achievement Nepal has achieved in short duration. We deserve international exposures that has not been seen yet by the world. All the Cricket Authorities like ICC n mostly ESPN CRICINFO with other cricketing medias and channels should know that the fan following of Nepalese cricket is not less than any Test playing nation. PLZ dis iz a request for all cricket personnels and authorities throughout the globe from Nepalese cricket fans dat help us grow by providing us international exposures that we deserve. The recent tournaments like ICC WCL ACC T20 Elite n several are some examples.

    We will succeed a day

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    i am extremely delighted that our country nepal is given that respect... thanks for the journal and yup!! we gonna make it happen ... come on paras dai n all the other team.. basanta dai u will rock and shakti gauchan u r awesome>>

    i would like to add that before visiting to Bermuda we visited India, watched IPL games, went to the MI training session, played with the ranji team player n most importantly we won all the matches played their so we are in gr8 form. we will make it happen :)

  • POSTED BY Anantas11 on | April 28, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Nepal indeed is the clearly strongest of the side & they deserve to be at Division 1 & play the world cup in 2015. I Believe even if they play their 70%, they will win this tournament..first Match with USA is Important & I am hoping for the best for Nepal Team!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Thanks to ESPN cricinfo for this journal, Really our team doing great in recent days...hope to see Nepal in World Cup....BEST OF LUCK GUYS....

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    I'm extremely disappointed by the ICC's decision to make WC-2019 a ten-team event. A 10-team event can by no means me called a "World" cup. A 16-team WC would be just perfect, schedule wise and in other aspects. Four four-team groups playing each other followed by quarters, semis and finals would prevent a lengthy World Cup.

    Back in the reality though, good luck Nepal! Give your best and aim to win the competition and not just qualify!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Best of luck my team Nepal.

  • POSTED BY Shakti_PC on | April 28, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    If Nepalese cricketers play with full confident, I am sure Nepal will be the winner of the league division 3. Good Luck Nepal!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Very excited to see Nepal as a Winner of the Division 3...come on guys u have to do it and u could do it... Jai Nepal

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 28, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Hope the 2019 W/Cup is EXPANDED to 14 or 16 teams - NOT 10 teams! Fingers crossed for Nepal!

  • POSTED BY raaz11 on | April 28, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    at least ESPN cricinfo has recognized the talent team NEPAL has possed.....GOOd to read this journal...and excited about this tournament

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    want to see nepal on world cup 2014 qualifiying game

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    want to see nepal on world cup 2014 qualifiying game

  • POSTED BY raaz11 on | April 28, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    at least ESPN cricinfo has recognized the talent team NEPAL has possed.....GOOd to read this journal...and excited about this tournament

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 28, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Hope the 2019 W/Cup is EXPANDED to 14 or 16 teams - NOT 10 teams! Fingers crossed for Nepal!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Very excited to see Nepal as a Winner of the Division 3...come on guys u have to do it and u could do it... Jai Nepal

  • POSTED BY Shakti_PC on | April 28, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    If Nepalese cricketers play with full confident, I am sure Nepal will be the winner of the league division 3. Good Luck Nepal!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Best of luck my team Nepal.

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    I'm extremely disappointed by the ICC's decision to make WC-2019 a ten-team event. A 10-team event can by no means me called a "World" cup. A 16-team WC would be just perfect, schedule wise and in other aspects. Four four-team groups playing each other followed by quarters, semis and finals would prevent a lengthy World Cup.

    Back in the reality though, good luck Nepal! Give your best and aim to win the competition and not just qualify!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Thanks to ESPN cricinfo for this journal, Really our team doing great in recent days...hope to see Nepal in World Cup....BEST OF LUCK GUYS....

  • POSTED BY Anantas11 on | April 28, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Nepal indeed is the clearly strongest of the side & they deserve to be at Division 1 & play the world cup in 2015. I Believe even if they play their 70%, they will win this tournament..first Match with USA is Important & I am hoping for the best for Nepal Team!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    i am extremely delighted that our country nepal is given that respect... thanks for the journal and yup!! we gonna make it happen ... come on paras dai n all the other team.. basanta dai u will rock and shakti gauchan u r awesome>>

    i would like to add that before visiting to Bermuda we visited India, watched IPL games, went to the MI training session, played with the ranji team player n most importantly we won all the matches played their so we are in gr8 form. we will make it happen :)