Nepal puts forward a strong squad on T20 World Cup return

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has announced a 15-man squad brimming with young talent, led by the promising Rohit Paudel.

Nepal cricket is buzzing with anticipation as they gear up for their return to the T20 World Cup stage. The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has announced a 15-man squad brimming with young talent, led by the promising Rohit Paudel. This edition of the World Cup, co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States, presents an exciting opportunity for Nepal to showcase their cricketing prowess and potentially cause some upsets.

Paudel Leads the Charge: A Young Captain with Big Dreams

The mantle of leadership falls on the shoulders of the 21-year-old Rohit Paudel. A highly-rated batsman known for his elegant strokeplay and composure, Paudel has been leading by example. His recent exploits include a scintillating century against a touring West Indies A side, a testament to his leadership potential and batting prowess.

Rewarding Form: Squad Steeped in Recent Success

The selection committee opted for a continuity approach, picking players who have been consistently performing well. The recent ACC Premier Cup in Oman served as a valuable platform, with several players catching the eye of the selectors. The ongoing five-match series against the West Indies A team is also proving to be a crucial testing ground, with players like Paudel further solidifying their positions in the national squad.

Dipendra Singh Airee: Six-Hitting Hero Adds Firepower

Fresh off his world record-equalling feat of smashing six sixes in an over during a match against Qatar in April, all-rounder Dipendra Singh Airee adds an exciting dimension to the batting order. His ability to contribute with both bat and ball makes him a valuable asset to the team.

Building a Balanced Unit: Batting Depth and Bowling Prowess

The batting department boasts a blend of experience and youthful exuberance. Openers Kushal Bhurtel and Aasif Sheikh provide solidity at the top, while the likes of Paudel and Airee offer power and flexibility in the middle order. The squad also includes promising youngsters like Kushal Malla, who can add depth and explosiveness to the batting lineup.

The bowling attack revolves around the experience of veteran pacer Sompal Kami, the only player remaining from Nepal’s debut T20 World Cup appearance in 2014. Left-arm orthodox spinner Lalit Rajbanshi leads the spin department, while young talents like Pratis GC and Abinash Bohara offer promise and variation. The return of the experienced leg-spinner Karan KC adds depth and guile to the bowling attack.

A Grueling Group Awaits: Facing the Giants

Nepal has been placed in Group D, alongside cricketing powerhouses like Sri Lanka and South Africa, along with Bangladesh. Their opening encounter is against the Netherlands in Texas on June 4th. While the group presents a significant challenge, Nepal’s recent form and fighting spirit give them reason for optimism.

A Nation United in Support

The entire nation of Nepal will be cheering on their young heroes as they take on the world’s best. This T20 World Cup presents a golden opportunity for Nepali cricket to make a mark on the global stage. With a determined captain, a well-rounded squad, and unwavering support from their fans, Nepal has the potential to surprise a few teams and write a new chapter in their cricketing journey.