KATHMANDU, Jan 13: Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has called 37 cricketers for closed camp training for ACC T20 Elite Cup and ICC World Cricket League Division 3 tournaments.
CAN called 35 players based on their performances in the Pepsi Standard Chartered One-Day and T20 National Tournaments held last month. Two other players - former captain Binod Das and Saurav Khanal - earned call-up based on their performances at international level in recent past. The duo had missed the national tournaments due to injuries.
“National squad and ´Nepal A´ team would be formed from the pool of players called for the closed camp," states a press release issued by CAN on Sunday.
Paras Khadka, Paresh Lohani, Sharad Vesawkar, Subash Khakurel, Sunam Gautam, Prithu Banskota, Gyanendra Malla, Amrit Bhattarai, Basant Regmi and Shakti Gauchan have been called for the closed camp. Similarly, Sanjam Regmi, Manjeet Shrestha, Puspa Thapa, Kumar Thapa, Amit Shrestha, Avinash Karn, Naresh Raj Giri, Jitendra Mukhiya, Rajesh Pulami, Prakash Bista, Sagar Pun, Krishna Karki, Nischal Chaudhary, Fajlur Rahman Khan, Binod Bhandari, Bhuwan Karki, Naresh Budhayer, Pradeep Airee, Chandra Saud, Mahendra Chand, Yagyaman Kumal, Anil Mandal, Sanjog Karna, Hari Shankar Shah and Rahul BK have also been named in the list for closed camp.
None of the players from Region No. 5 (Nepalgunj) made it to the 37-member list.
The ACC T20 Elite Cup -- the qualifying tournament for the World T20 Qualifiers -- is scheduled to be held in Kathmandu from March 24 to April 3, while ICC World Cricket League Division 3 will be held in Bermuda from April 28 to May 5.