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15-member cricket squad announced for ACC U-19 Asia Cup

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KATHMANDU — The national cricket squad to play in the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup has been announced on Sunday. The international cricket tournament is scheduled to be held in Malaysia from November 9 to 20.

Dipendra Singh Airee is the captain of the 15-member team announced by a selection committee comprising U-19 team coach Binod Das and ACC representative Venkatapathy Raju.

The final name list of players for the tournament was declared among 19 players remaining in the closed training session.

Rohit Kumar Poudel, Sandip Lamichhane, Sandip Sunar, Anil Kumar Shah, Pawan Sarraf, Aasif Sheikh, Kishore Mahato, Shahab Alam, Prakas KC, Kamal Singh Airee, Bhim Sarki, Pranit Thapa Magar,Rashid Khan and Jitendra Singh are in the squad.

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Likewise, Sndeep Jora, Bikram Kumar Bhusal, Ankit Subedi and Bijay Chaudhary have been chosen as alternative players.

The team is leaving for Bangladesh Monday to play three practice matches with the Bangladeshi U-19 team.

Eight countries with the ‘test status’ including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Afghanistan are taking part in the tournament.

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PM Oli felicitates cricketers

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has feted the members of the national cricket team 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division II on Friday.

The Nepal stood the first runner up in the cricket tournament that recently took place in Namibia.

PM KP Sharma Oli feted the players and provided Rs 300,000 to each cricketer at a programme organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar.

While honouring the players, Prime Minister Oli committed to developing cricket in the country adding that such felicitation will motivate the players. He further opined for strengthening the foreign relations through such sports.

PM Oli also committed to leading the nation on the way to prosperity as the country now has got a stable government. The team is leaving for Zimbabwe Saturday night.

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Meanwhile, Madan Bhandarai Sports Academy also provided Rs 100,000 in cash to each player. The academy Chair Binod Shrestha opined for developing Cricket Development Board for the holistic development of cricket.

During the programme, Secretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry Mahesh Prasad Dahal shared that the ministry was working out to develop the sports tourism in the country.

Nepal’s team captain Paras Khadka said that his team will make the best performance in the league. On the occasion, the players expressed their best wishes to PM Oli on his birthday.

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