In a bid to qualify for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, the national team on Tuesday left for Sri Lanka for a nine-day preparation tour.
The team will play four practice matches with some of the top clubs of Sri Lanka before leaving for New Zealand for the Cricket World Cup Qualifiers beginning from January 13 to Februrary 1. The cricketers will take a transit from Singapore and reach Sri Lanka on Wednesday morning.
Apart from the four practice matches, Nepali boys have four training sessions at the NCC Grounds. National team coach Pubudu Dassanayake said the tour would be focused on shaping the team.
“We are playing four practice matches in Sri Lanka with some of the top clubs. This will allow us to work on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. This is just a beginning point for us ahead of the Qualifiers,” said Dassanayake.
“The four matches will be a good test for us in Sri Lanka. We are expecting to play four matches in New Zealand and with two more warm-up matches ahead of the Qualifiers, we are preparing in a right way,” said Dassanayake.
Nepal have demanded to play against the local clubs from New Zealand so that they can respond well to the local conditions. “If we play against the local clubs, they will probably give us a tough time because they know the local conditions very well. If we go good against them, then it can be really great for us in the Qualifiers,” the coach added.
Som Pal stays back
Due to visa issues, medium pace bowler Som Pal Thapa is not leaving with the team. Som Pal was included late in the team and all of his process was not been finalised. Som Pal is yet to get visa of New Zealand.
“We are expecting to get his visa after two or three days. And the approval of New Zealand can also be expected shortly,” said Model Global Visas Consultancy Managing Director Manoj Pandey, who is looking after the team’s visa process in New Zealand.