- Rohit Paudel was named captain of the Nepal men’s cricket team for the Asian Games.
- Sandeep Lamichhane was included in the squad despite sexual coercion allegations.
- Nepal squad features a major overhaul, with veteran Gyanendra Malla retiring.
Rohit Paudel has been named as the captain of the Nepal men’s cricket team for the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. Legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who is currently facing allegations of sexual coercion and is out on bail, has also been included in the squad.
The squad for the Asian Games represents a significant overhaul compared to Nepal’s last T20I series, which took place during a tour of Kenya in August 2022.
Notably, veteran batsman Gyanendra Malla has retired, and several other players from that squad, including Arjun Saud, Pawan Sarraf, Mohammad Aadil Alam, Basir Ahamad, and Aarif Sheikh, are not part of the 15-member squad selected for the Asian Games.
The top order of the batting lineup will consist of Aasif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, and Dipendra Singh Airee, while Kushal Malla and Binod Bhandari will strengthen the middle order, with Bhandari also serving as a backup wicketkeeper.
The pace attack will be led by Karan KC, and it includes Sompal Kami, Gulshan Jha, Abinash Bohara, and Bibek Yadav. Pratis GC, who has not yet played in T20Is, has also been included in the squad.
The spin department will be handled by Lalit Rajbanshi and Sandeep Lamichhane, with Airee and Malla expected to contribute as well.
The Asian Games are set to commence on September 23.
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