Kathmandu: Cricket Association of Nepal on Wednesday announced squad(s) for upcoming MCC matches to be held in Kathmandu from November 3-9. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) came to Nepal on November 1 for the match. The match is going to take place at Tribhuwan University International Cricket ground.
The MCC’s Nepal tour will begin with a 50-over match against the U-19 team on November 3. The national team will face MCC in a 50-over match on November 4, while the two sides will play a three-day first-class match from November 6-8. The mixed team of national and U-19 sides will face the MCC in a T20 match on November 9. The three-day match against MCC will be Nepal’s first First-Class match in 14 years. Nepal had last played the First Class match against the United Arab Emirates on home soil in 2005 during the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
MCC will also feature in a first-class match against Nepal senior team, starting from November 6-8. The three-day match will be played for the first time in 14 years in Nepalese soil. Meanwhile, International Cricket Council has approved this match to be played at TU Cricket ground.
On November 9, a twenty20 match will be played between MCC and Nepal’s senior & U19 players. After completing the Kathmandu leg of the tour, the MCC team will travel to Pokhara and will play against Pokhara Invitational-XI and Chief Minister-XI sides on November 11 and November 12 respectively. Gyanendra Malla will lead the side across all formats. However, Paras Khadka, the former captain, has been named in the 50-over squad only.
T20 squad includes national players – Gyanendra Malla (C), Aarif Sheikh, Amit Shrestha, Avinash Bohara, Binod Bhandari, Dipendra Singh Airee, Karan KC, Kushal Bhurtel, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Nandan Yadav, Pawan Sarraf, Sandeep Jora, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Sompal Kami.
50 overs squad includes Gyanendra Malla(C), Aarif Sheikh, Basant Regmi, Bikram Sob, Binod Bhandari, Dipendra Singh Airee, Ishan Pandey, Karan KC, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Paras Khadka, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sharad Vesawkar, and Sompal Kami.
Likewise, the first class squad includes players – “Gyenendra Malla(C), Aarif Sheikh, Basant Regmi, Binod Bhandari, Dipendra Singh Airee, Karan KC, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Pawan Sarraf, Raju Rijal, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sharad Vesawkar, and Sompal Kami.
Source: The Himalayan Times
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