Nepal is all set to participate in a five-nations T20 Cricket tournament organized by Oman Cricket. The tournament will start from October 3, 2019.
The other participating nations are Ireland, Hong Kong, Netherlands and the host itself. As per the CEO of Oman Cricket Ikbal Ariwal, the invitation letter was sent about a month ago and all the teams had confirmed their participation.
Nepali cricket’s Technical Analyst Raman Shiwakoti confirmed the invitation letter for Nepal and said that the decision to participate lay on ICC’s decision as Nepal’s cricket association is under suspension. Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is expected to be back within a month.
The tournament will be a preparatory one for the Global Qualifiers slated from October 11 in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Unfortunately, due to poor performance by the Nepali team, Nepal couldn’t reach the global qualifiers. Nepal had finished third in the competition with only the top team making it to the next round.
Total 14 teams will be participating in the global qualifiers with only top 6 booking their place in Australia next year. All four teams except Nepal are in the global qualifiers. All those four teams had earned direct qualification for the global qualifiers.
Similarly, the other teams are Scotland, Zimbabwe, UAE, PNG, Kenya, Namibia, Jersey, and Singapore. Two teams from the America region is yet to be confirmed.
Nepal will start their preparation for the tournament as soon as ICC confirmed Nepal’s participation and also at the time when Nepal’s coach Umesh Patwal returns Nepal. He had flown away directly from Singapore to India.