Nepal Cricket Team Preview For The Asian Games 2023

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The Asian Games 2023 has started and some of the top Asian countries are competing in 39 different sports. Cricket has also been included this time around in the event after missing out in 2018. Today, we will preview the Nepal Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023. We will see their schedule, squad, best possible playing XI, players to watch out for, and much more. So let’s dive into it quickly.

Nepal Cricket has been growing over the years

Nepal Cricket Team has done well over the last few years or so. They are a part of ICC Associate nations and have been playing this game for a long time now. Over the years, we have seen some of the talent coming in the Nepal Cricket Team. The players are hungry to do well for the country. And the fans love cricket as a sport.

Progress in the recent past

As we saw recently, the Nepal Cricket team has won the ACC Men’s Emerging Cup 2023. They won the tournament’s final against UAE by 7 wickets while chasing a small total.

The tournament win gives them an opportunity to feature in their first-ever ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023. It was a very big moment for the Nepal Cricket Team to play with the ICC’s full member nations.

Nepal shows glimpses in the Asia Cup 2023

Although Nepal lost both the games in the first stage against Pakistan and India, they showed glimpses of things to come. They challenged both teams in patches and put them under pressure.

Troubled Pakistan with the ball

Against Pakistan, they took 4 wickets for 124 and didn’t give a chance to score quick runs to the opposition. It was Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed’s century who steadied the ship for Pakistan. Otherwise, Pakistan was in trouble until the 30th over. Nepal bowled out for just 104 in the 2nd inning.

Done well against India as well

Nepal Cricket Team openers added 65 runs in a quick time. And they managed to put 230 runs on the board in the first inning after they were 144 for 6. A lower order showed they can soak the pressure as well.

With the ball, we have seen Lalit Rajbanshi bowling an economical spell. And Karan KC troubling Rohit Sharma with the new ball. Dipendra Singh Airee and Kushal Malla also didn’t give a chance to the Indian batters to go hard against them.

Chance to shine in the Asian Games 2023

Now, Nepal cricket has a chance to shine in the Asian Games 2023. Although it will still be difficult for them to win against teams like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. But against some of the new teams like Mongolia, Maldives, etc., they can go past them.

They would at least want to go to the quarter-finals. And who knows, one good day and they can also beat a top-seeded team as well. Let’s see whom will Nepal play.

Nepal cricket team schedule:-

Nepal will lock horns against Mongolia in the cricket event’s opener on September 27. They will play the next game against Maldives on October 01. All the games will happen at Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, Hangzhou.

Players to watch out for

Sandeep Lamichhane

The leg spinner has always been a big player for the Nepal cricket team. He has so much experience playing against some of the best players in the world in different T20 leagues. Lamichanne is very hard to get away and he will use his experience for the team to a good effect.

Kushal Bhurtel

The opener will be crucial for Nepal to give them a good start. A top-order batter scoring big runs is always a big plus for the team.

Sompal Kami

Sompal Kami gives the right balance to the team. He can bowl his full quota of overs and give you runs at the lower order. We also saw him doing well against a big team like India.

Nepal’s possible playing XI:-

Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh (wk), Bibek Yadav, Rohit Paudel (c), Kushal Malla, Gulshan Jha, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Lalit Rajbanshi

Nepal Cricket Team squad for the Asian Games 2023:-

Kushal Bhurtel, Sandeep Jora, Bibek Yadav, Dipendra Singh Airee, Rohit Paudel (c), Kushal Malla, Pratis GC, Lalit Rajbanshi, Aasif Sheikh, Binod Bhandari, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Abinash Bohara, Gulshan Jha, Sandeep Lamichanne

Conclusion

So this is the preview of the Nepal Cricket Team for the Asian Games 2023. They would want to show the world that they are here to stay. Let’s see how the team does in the event.

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