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KATHMANDU — A 14-member national cricket team has been announced for the ICC World Cricket League Division Two under the leadership of Nepali cricket team captain Paras Khadka.

The tournament is to be held in Namibia next month.

The players have been selected from among 21 players chosen in the first phase by ICC’s representative Aminul Islam, head coach of the Nepali cricket team Jagat Tamata and Khadka.

The other team members include Gynendra Malla (deputy captain), Shakti Gauchan, Basanta Regmi, Sharad Bheshwakar, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Mohammad Aarif Shekh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandip Lamichhane, Dilip Nath, Lalit Singh Bhandari, Anil Kumar Shah, Rohit Kumar Poudel and replacement players Sunil Dhamala, Lalit Narayan Rajbamshi, Kishor Mahato and Siddhanta Lohani.

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Of the players, Shah and Poudel, who have already performed in the EPL 20-Twenty held last month, are new face to be incorporated in the national team.

Before heading to Namibia on scheduled February 4 to play ICC World Cricket League Division Two scheduled to start from February 8, the Nepali team will go to UAE on January 27 for practice matches.

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ICC WCL Div II: Nepal suffer 7 runs defeat

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KATHMANDU — Nepal suffered a seven runs defeat at the hands of UAE in the final of the ICC World Cricket League Division II at Windhoek, Namibia, on Thursday.

After being runner-up of the tournament, Nepal are now seeded in Group B along with the hosts Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong for the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament to be held in Zimbabwe on March.

With the conclusion of the tournament, Nepal are also promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division I.

Chasing the target of 277 runs, Nepal could muster only 270 runs with the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

Skipper Paras Khadka struck unbeaten 112 runs in 103 balls cracking eight sixes and three boundaries while Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 off 66 balls including two sixes. Khadka and Aire scored 69 runs partnership for Nepal.

Similarly, Gyanendra Malla contributed 24 off 25 balls including one four while Dilip Nath made 13 off 29 balls smashing two boundaries. Sharad Veswakar was sent back to pavilion with 30 off 37 balls including three boundaries while Arif Sheikh scored seven runs off 11 balls with two fours.

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Rohit Kumar Paudel contributed 23 off 17 balls including four boundaries on the board. Karan KC, who was the hero of the match against Canada, Sompal Kami and Basanta Regmi failed to make double digit score.

Imran Haider took two Nepali scalps while Rohan Mustafa and Ahmed Raza chipped in with a wicket each.

After winning the toss, UAE elected to bat first and amassed a challenging total of 277/4 runs for Nepal to chase.

Opener Ashfaq Ahmed hit a century and his opening partner Rohan Mustafa also got a half-century as UAE piled up runs against the Nepali bowling attack.

Ahmed hit three sixes and 10 boundaries for his 123-ball 114 while Mustafa scored 51 from 74 balls as the pair added 109 runs for the first wicket. Shaiman Anwar (40) and Rameez Shahzad (41) also added late on to compile a massive total.

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Sompal Kami, Sandip Lamichhane and Basanta Regmi took a wicket each for Nepal.

Rameez Shahzad remained not out on 41 off 46 balls with one four and one six. Shiman Anwar hit brisk 40 off 24 balls with two fours and three sixes.

Sandeep Lamichanne, Basanta Regmi and Sompal Kami chipped in a wicket each.

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