Nepalese national cricket team leaving for Kenya today, new coach Manoj Prabhakar has said that the tour of Kenya is an opportunity to improve the standard of Nepalese cricket players. At the players’ farewell program organized by the Nepal Cricket Association (CAN) on Monday, coach Prabhakar said that since the team has young players, a positive result will not be expected in a day or two.
The team has young players. Everyone’s goal is to learn faster and improve performance. Young players are ready to perform well. Hopefully, we will do well as a team. The real test of the players will be in Kenya,” Prabhakar said. Prabhakar, who became the coach of the Nepalese team a week ago, will start the official training of the Nepalese team from his tour of Kenya.
Similarly, the captain of the Nepalese team, Sandeep Lamichhane, said that the tour of Kenya is important for Nepal. The team has a mix of new and experienced players. We are working hard. As the coach said, I expect the team’s performance to improve gradually. We are all excited to be playing under the new coach’s tutelage. I Hope Nepal will bring positive results in the coming days.
CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand said that Nepal had accepted the invitation for the series at the request of the Kenya Cricket Association. However, it is below us in the ranking. We think this tour will improve Nepal’s standards ahead of the ICC League 2. This series is a good opportunity for Nepal when Nepal is unable to play due to rain. We believe players will win with hard work. We are confident that this will improve Nepal’s ranking as well.”
He also said that Nepal needs to prepare for the 2024 T20 World Cup from now on. It is being said that the Kenya Cricket Association will bear all the expenses of the Nepalese team on the Kenya tour.
Today (Monday) the team headed to Kenya was given a farewell by officials of Chand and Cain. Nepal will play five T20 and three ODI series with Kenya. Cain has already announced the Nepalese team for Kenya Bhram under the captaincy of Sandeep Lamichhane. Former captain Gyanendra Malla has returned to the team. Arjun Saud has also got a chance as a new player.
The T20 and ODI series schedule between Nepal and Kenya has already been announced. Nepal will play the series from 25 August to 5 September. Nepal will play a five-match T20I series on August 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30 and an ODI series on September 2, 3 and 5.
Nepali Team for Kenya Tour :
Sandeep Lamichhane (Captain), Rahat Poudel (Vice-Captain), Gyanendra Malla, Sompal Kami, Asif Sheikh, Baseer Ahmed, Arif Sheikh, Deepender Singh Airee, Dev Kamal, Adil Alam, Karan KC, Arjun Saud, Pawan Saraf, Shahab Alam, Kishore Mahto and Vivek Yadav.