Nepal national training camp continues despite Oman series postponement

After completing the first phase of a national training camp on Friday, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced that it would push ahead with the second phase despite the upcoming Cricket World Cup (CWC) League 2 series against Oman and the USA being postponed due to COVID-19.

CAN had recently announced a preliminary squad of 32 players, from which the squad for the CWCL2 Tri-Series next month would be picked.

Nepal players huddle around Coach Whatmore in the second phase of the national training camp (photo: supplied)

Among the 32 players, 21 players comprised of potential debutants and those making a come back reported to the first phase of the camp. Of the 21, nine were selected to take part in the second phase of the camp, alongside eleven established internationals.

Basanta Regmi has been included in the national training camp replacing Aarif Sheikh who has been dropped in the second phase due to an existing injury.

A number of players who participated in the first phase of the camp will not participate in the second phase. They are Pawan Sharraf, Sunil Dhamala, Rohit Paudel, Arjun Kumal, Bibek Yadav, Anuj Chanara, Saurabh Khanal, Khadak Bohara, Rajesh Pulami, Hari Shankar Shah, Ram Naresh Giri, and Krishna Karki.

Coach Whatmore speaks to his charges (photo: supplied)

Prithu Baskota, Bikram Sob, Shahab Alam, Sushan Bhari, Sundeep Jora, Kamal Singh Airee, Asif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Lalit Rajbanshi, and Basanta Regmi will move from phase one to phase two.

The eleven players joining the camp directly for the second phase are Sharad Veshawkar, Abinash Bohara, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sompal Kami, Kushal Malla, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Binod Bhandari, Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla,

2021 is a busy year for Nepal. After the postponement of Nepal’s bilateral T20I series against Qatar in February and the ICC CWC League 2 series in March, the next international series scheduled for Nepal in the CWC League 2 fixture is in July 2021, when the team travels to Scotland to play the hosts and Namibia.

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