Print Edition - 2016-09-24 | EPL T20
- Owner Panchakanya Group
Sep 24, 2016-
Winners of the 50-over edition held under the Nepal Premier League, Panchakanya Tez will once again start the tournament as favourites despite not having two of their veterans from the previous squad.
Tez will be without Binod Das, now retired and taking the role of Tournament Director, and Rajkumar Pradhan, the leg spinner who had taken 6-42 handing his side a 97-run victory over Jagdamba Giants--now Rhinos--in the final in 2014 after he decided to leave for Japan.
Tez were looked after by Raju Basnyat but they have found a new coach in Kalam Ali who believed that his side has moved on from the last event. “Yes we will be without Rajkumar and Binod but we have moved on. The current squad is pretty satisfying,” said Ali.
Sharad Vesawkar had led Tez to the 50-over title and the in-form batsman will once again be at the centre of his team considering the fine form he has been in for a long time. Vesawkar had been one of the leading run scorers for Nepal in the international games and his side would like him to continue the fine form.
Tez will also expect their opener Sanjay Shrestha to resume from where he left in the previous edition. Shrestha was the top scorer of the final in previous edition with his 84 leading the team to a challenging total in a difficult pitch in Dhangadhi. Tez squad is also bolstered by the presence of U-19 all rounders Aarif Sheikh and Dipendra Singh Airee, influential figures in Nepal’s ICC U-19 World Cup campaign earlier this year in Bangladesh.
Pushpa Thapa, the man with massive experience in domestic cricket, will be another crucial member of the team. The tournament will also be a platform for forgotten national team member Prithu Baskota. The former U-19 skipper has had a difficult career so far due to injury and is now finally ready to take to the field in Nepal’s biggest domestic cricket tournament. Tez has been a team filled with allrounders with seamers Sonu Tamang, Karan KC and Kushal Bhurtel able to both bat and ball. Sushil Kandel and Bhuwan Karki will be frontline spinners.
Tez manager Gopal Wagle said his side will be raring to go for the title one more time. “I think we have one of the best squads in the EPL. We are very eager to win the title. Although there is a switch in the format and venue, the boys are quite familiar with the TU grounds and they can handle any sort of game very well,” he said.
Coach Ali said they are awaiting for the match day. “Its all about how we deliver on the field now. Twenty20 is a two-ball game and we just need to make sure that we don’t leave anything unguarded,” said Ali.
(Executive Director, Panchakanya Group)
Cricket has done well in a very short span on time. Cricketers have made the country proud. Call it a CSR or brand promotion, we felt obliged to join in with the sports. We are definitely going to double up in terms of our support to the event. We are confident that we can invest more.
EPL is a big platform which will help in showing a bigger picture of Nepali cricket. Few of the players who performed for our team in the 50-over edition are already in the national team. Its the swift progress of the young cricketers that EPL is able to provide through a timely exposure. We now have to work forward in making this event bigger and bigger with the progression of time.
Sharad Vesawkar (captain), Sunny Pun (wk), Nirmal Thapa, Sushil Kandel, Bhuban Karki, Karan KC, Aarif Sheikh, Sanjay Shresha, Sonu Tamang, Puspa Thapa, Dipendra Airee, Prithu Baskota, Aasif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel
Coach: Kalam Ali
Manager: Gopal Wagle
Published: 24-09-2016 09:28