Kathmandu, February 22, 2019: Dhangadhi Cricket Academy (DCA) and Sports Ed initiating an opportunity for the best 14 U-19 cricketers of the ongoing Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) to play six matches in Cape Town, South Africa, for two weeks.
The 14 players’ team, to be named DPL Emerging Stars, will travel in October to play one-day matches and possibly two-day cricket as well the. Moran is the former batting coach of Afghanistan while Jonty Rhodes is the team mentor.
Moran and Rhodes, who is also the goodwill ambassador of the DPL, will be responsible to select the 14-member team which will be announced a day after the DPL final. The duo will take the team to South Africa after selecting a 14-member team a day after the DPL final on Saturday.
“We will not look just into statistics but will take into consideration all aspects of the game while selected the players,” said Rhodes on Tuesday.
The costs of the youth team’s tour of South Africa is estimated to be at Rs 4 million by DCA President Subash Bahadur Shahi. “None of the selected players will have to pay a penny for the South Africa tour. We will manage it on our own through sponsors,” said the DCA president. “As discussed with Rhodes, we have initiated the process in our attempt not to limit the DPL to just 15 days of cricket. Such tours and exposure in very important for the upcoming players,” said Shahi.
Abhishek KC of Sports Ed said they have all along focused on youth cricket and the South Africa tour was part of their effort. Sports Ed has 33 percent stake at the CYC Attariya franchise.