Nepal National Cricket Team leaves for Delhi today with expectations of getting to play tougher sides. in a bid to prepare the best possible team for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers to be held in the UAE from November 15-30.Nepal National Cricket Team will play 7 practice matches in their first official tour to the neighboring cricket giant India.They will play their first match on 21st of October at Ferozeshah Kotla with DDCA XI.Nepal will play 7 matches altogether, 3 with DDCA XI,2 matches with Indian Railway Xi and 2 with invitation XI. .
In a bid to fine tune their preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers , the Nepali national cricket team are leaving for Delhi to play seven friendly matches against the local teams.
The highlight of the tour would be a match against a team led by Indian batting star Gautam Gambhir. Coach Pubudu Dassanayake is hoping to switch his players’ gear back to the Twenty20 format apart from working out the best possible team combination from the Delhi tour.The World Cup Qualifiers
in scheduled for November 15-30 in Dubai.
“We have not played Twenty20 match since the ACC Twenty20 Cup in March, so it is very crucial for the boys to switch back to the shortest format of the game,” said the former Sri Lankan batsman Dassanayake on the eve of their departure. “These practice matches are just on the nick of time for us as I will also get to experiment on the best team combination ahead of the Qualifiers.”
Nepal are pooled in Group A along with the emerging South Asian cricketing nation Afghanistan, Scotland, The Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Bermuda and Denmark. Top six teams out of the 16 will win through to the World Twenty20 finals slated next year in Bangladesh.
Captain Paras Khadka said the tour was all about gelling in as a unit. “The untimely rain did affect our training here but we are focused on booking a berth to the Twenty20 World Cup,” said Khadka. “I believe playing in foreign conditions with tough opponents ahead of the Qualifiers will give us competitive edge which will come handy in Dubai.”
The national team will play three matches against Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), one of which will be led by Gambhir, at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. They will play couple of matches against Indian Railways team at their home ground. The DDCA will provide further two practice matches after evaluating the standard of the Nepali team, the Cricket Association of Nepal had informed last month while announcing their tour.
This will be the third time this year that the national team will be wrapping up their preparation ahead of a major international tournament with friendlies abroad.The Nepali team toured Delhi in March as a final
preparation for the ACC Twenty20 Cup held on home soil. Dassanayake’s boys also toured
Sri Lanka in August ahead of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore.
The Nepali team have been gearing up for the Qualifier with best possible preparation lately with CAN bringing in four Sri Lankan U-23 pacemen and an Australian batting coach Chris Harris. While the Sri Lankan bowlers gave the Nepali batsmen the feel of international standard bowling to practice with,
Harris provided valuable batting tips during his short stay early this month.
The Delhi touring Nepali team consists of the 15 players led by skipper Khadka. The team will be accompanied by coach Dassanayake, his assistant Jagat Tamata, team manager Purna Lama and technical analyst Sriram Somaya Jula. Another technical analyst Raman Shiwakoti is already in Delhi.