Print Edition - 2016-09-24 | EPL T20
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Sep 24, 2016-
Led by national team vice captain and middle order mainstay Gyanendra Malla, X-Factor boast a young set of players and will be itching to make the most out of their energetic squad. Apart from Malla, veteran right-arm off spinner Sanjam Regmi and Kathmandu batsman Sanjay Basnet embody immense experience that could help in leading their team to EPL Twenty20 glory.
Although he has not been in the national team for quite a while, Regmi’s bowling could be key in X Factors’ title bid, while Basnet’s domestic experience at the TU grounds can be termed as a perfect fit for a young-looking team. X Factors biggest relief is the presence of hard-hitting all rounder Siddhant Lohani who has been delivering in different knockout tournaments taking his team out from the jaws of defeat.
X Factors failed to impress in the 50-over format of then-Nepal Premier League in 2014 in Dhangadhi but their manager Raj Thapa knew that Twenty20 was going to be a different ball-game. “Its a Tweny20 format now and it is definitely going to be different because we are playing at the TU grounds,” said Thapa.
“We have a youthful squad which is very energetic. Most of the players come from U-19 and U-16 teams and this will help us in building a good base in coming days. They will get good exposure and mature with time,” said Thapa. If X Factors can look for aggression from their youngsters, they can also expect some sensibility from experienced players including skipper Malla. Malla has all kind of shots in his ammunitions but he is often seen taking time to settle down before launching any attack. Rajesh Pulami
Magar, Amar Singh Rautela, Hari Shankar Sah and Yogendra Singh Karki can anchor the innings with Lohani, Faizlur Rahman Khan and Himanshu Dutta switching to aggressive gears. Coach Manjoor Alam also believes his side has a good fast bowling attack. Avinash Karn and Nandan Yadav are the two medium pacers who will be aided by spinners Arun Airee, Lohani and Singh. Khan backed his team to win the title. “The team is better than it was during NPL. We can see ourself winning the tournament considering the experience that our boys carry,” said Khan.
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Excited and lucky to be part of this event. We have to this event will create excitement (among the fans). We want to see the event even bigger the next time. We will have bigger pool of players to choose from to form a team which will also be a very good platform for the younger players to showcase their talent.
This is the first time that such kind of competition has been introduced in the shorter version of the game. Its a good platform in terms of Nepali cricket because it not only brings national and international players together, but also drags the attention of corporate and media houses. Most importantly it will provide a much-needed exposure to our cricketers who have been waiting for long to showcase their talents. We are hopeful that this tournament will go bigger with time because once a standard is maintained, it will set up a good base for the future. If the same event comes up with a 50-over cricket then this will even help us even further. If this continues for the next five years, our standard of domestic will go 10 fold.
Gyanendra Malla (c), Himanshu Dutta (wk), Siddhant Lohani, Avinash Karn, Rajesh Pulami Magar, Sanjam Regmi, Amar Singh Rautela, Yogendra Singh Karki, Rahul Pratap Singh, Faizlur Rehman Khan, Hari Shankar Sah, Arun Airee, Nandan Yadav, Sanjay Basnet
Coach: Manjoor Alam
Manager: Raj Thapa
Published: 24-09-2016 09:30