Print Edition - 2016-09-24 | EPL T20
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Sep 24, 2016-
The unlikely finalists of the 50-over edition, the team’s biggest change has been their shift of name from Jagdamba Giants to Jagdamba Rhinos. They didn’t have too much of big names when they reached the final last time with ace spinner and captain Shakti Gauchan and fast bowling sensation Sompal Kami leading the star-billings.
With time, their junior players have grown up awaiting to hit the big stage but still Rhinos have the lowest profile in terms of names involved. Opening batsman and wicketkeeper Mahesh Chhetri, in and out of national team of late, is another big name in the Rhinos squad with U-19 cricketers Prem Tamang, Saurav Khanal, former U-19 players Hashim Ansari and his teammate Amit Shrestha being the next big stars.
Middle order batsman Bhupendra Thapa has been in a form of his life and EPL could be a tournament where he can prove his point. Nepalgunj batsman Subhendu Pandey is another experienced batsman who will need to pull his socks up for an unfancied side of the EPL. Nizamuddin Halwai, Ganesh Gaudel, Pawan Sharraf and Bishal Sunar are the names in the Rhinos squad that need to shine in order to establish themselves in the mainstream of the game.
Rhinos are the only team to have built their base outside Kathmandu--in Bhairahawa--in the build up to the game. Their manager Sudin Manandhar believed the build-up to the game has helped them shape up properly for the tournament. “We had a very fine preparation because our training was hardly hampered. Looking at the way how our guys have trained, we can pose ourselves as one of the title contenders. We have Nepal’s two best bowlers in Shakti and Sompal and if other players perform to their potential we can win the title,” said Manandhar.
The best thing about the tournament is that there are youngsters who didn’t have the opportunity to put their talent in display and EPL will be a good platform for them. I expect all the youngsters are going to give their best for this tournament. For Nepali cricket, organising a Twenty20 league tournament is a good news because it has multiple aspects. In the long run, if this tournament goes to a bigger level, we can fight against the teams of Test countries where cricket is more professional and systematic. If we manage to give continuity to this tournament, then we can expect a bright future of cricket in our country.
Shakti Gauchan (captain), Mahesh Chhetri (wk), Hashim Ansari, Amit Shrestha, Subhendu Pandey, Saurav Khanal, Prem Tamang, Bhupendra Thapa, Sompal Kami, Pawan Sharraf, Nijamuddin Halwai, Shah Alam, Bishal Sunar, Ganesh Gaudel
Coach: Navin Singh
Manager: Sudin Manandhar
Published: 24-09-2016 09:33