Nepal cricket team set for friendly at the Saffrons

Nepal captain Paras Khadka
Nepal captain Paras Khadka

By Derren Howard

World class cricket will be on display at the Saffrons on Sunday (11am) as the Nepal cricket team take on an Eastbourne XI.

Nepal are in the UK for a match against the MCC at Lords on July 19 and their 50 over game at the Saffrons will be the final warm-up game for them.

Callum Jackson, currently playing for Dartford, is expected to feature in the Eastbourne side.

Eastbourne Cricket Club director Roger Myall said, “It will be a great opportunity to see some world class cricket. Nepal are an excellent side. They are fit and well-drilled and used to competing at the highest level. It will be a heck of a challenge for our lads to compete with them.”

Nepal are captained by Paras Khadka while Basanta Regmi became the first bowler to take 100 wickets in the World Cricket League.

They made their maiden appearance in the ICC global event at the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and have been participating in international matches since 1996. Unlike some other smaller cricketing nations, where teams are largely made up of expatriates, Nepal’s national team comprises indigenous players who have usually advanced through the ranks.