31 December 2018: Paras Khadka, captain of Nepal’s national cricket team, has urged Australian recruiters to visit his country to witness the potential of many more talents like Sandeep Lamichhane.
According to a cricket.com.au report, Mr Khadka made the remark at an MCG media conference held today. The media event was apparently scheduled for his fellow-countryman Sandeep Lamichhane, the superstar of the ongoing BBL league.
Although Paras Khadka himself was not invited, it seems the star teenager brought his “big brother” along to “gate-crash” the event and give everyone a pleasant surprise. None of the Stars officials seemed to mind it, it is understood. On the contrary, everyone loved the fact that the brotherly figure of the highest wicket-taker of the ongoing BBL was there.
Sandeep Lamichhane introduced his national captain to the media, who was just an “unidentified” foreigner as he walked in, “I’m very fortunate to welcome to the Stars family, Paras Khadka. The captain of the Nepal national team.”
Mr Khadka told the gathering that Nepal wants to be a full-fledged Test-playing nation down the line. “It’ll take a lot of effort, it’s not going to happen overnight. But probably in the next 10-15 years if everything goes into place, Nepal could potentially become another Test-playing country,” he was quoted as saying.
“Maybe they should come to Nepal and see the kind of potential the boys have back home,” cricket.com.au quoted Mr Khadka as saying.
Both Mr Lamichhane and Mr Khada appear to be of the view that Nepalese cricketers face a “long list of obstacles” that keeps them from building on their talent.
The Nepal captain reckons Sandeep Lamichhane’s performance so far will open the eyes of the cricketing world to the talent pool of Nepal.
A good crowd of Sandeep fans are expected at the MCG on Tuesday. An entire bay of seats “just for Lamichhane’s cheer squad” have apparently been put aside by the Melbourne Stars officials. Hundreds of his followers cheered him on in Canberra, Hobart and Sydney where he took a total of seven wickets.