Nepal play Denmark in their last league match
MALAYSIA, SEP 09 -
It will be a historic and memorable day for the Nepali cricket as it signifies Nepal’s promotion to the division three after their final league game against Denmark on Sunday.
Coincidentally, Nepal had begun their international cricket journey 16 years ago in Malaysia, and they have attained another achievement here.
Malaysia—dubbed as second home by the Nepali players—has been the good hunting ground for Nepal and banking on the successes achieved here, their claim seems well founded.
Nepal have clawed their way up to the higher level of cricket in the acquainted pitch of Malaysia after being wedged in division four for two years. Nepal’s success in Malaysia also means that they have opened the preliminary door and raised their prospects of playing in the Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
“Nepal have a calibre to go higher in cricketing world,” said coach Pubudu Dassanayake, being soaked in optimism.
“Their potential will be realised after playing their final game against Denmark,” added the Sri Lankan coach.
Denmark are not an unfamiliar opponent for Nepal as they have already encountered in this year’s Twenty20 World Cup Cricket Qualification in Dubai, where the Himalayan nation had thrashed Denmark by nine wickets.
In-form bowler Shakti Gauchan, who had demolished Malaysia with his record breaking bowling figures of 10-8-2-3, might have instigated fear upon Denmark, as he had not spared them as well in their previous meeting by completing a hat-trick against them.
Nevertheless, coach Dassanayake believes that they cannot under-estimate their opponents.
“We want to show the nations having one-day status that we are the best team among the associates; we are looking forward to win the trophy, each games are important for us,” added Dassanayake.
With the Nepali team riding on a good performance, Dassanayake is not willing to make any changes in the squad.
Posted on: 2012-09-09 09:00