Nepal is all set to compete in the T-20 Blind Cricket World Cup 2017 scheduled to be held in India from January 28 to February 12, 2017. This would be Nepal second participation in the tournament as it had also featured in its first edition held in Banglore, India in 2012.
Cricket Association of The Blind, Nepal (CAB-Nepal) has announced its final 14-member squad for the upcoming tournament on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
According to CAN-Nepal, the five players are from B1 category - Bikram Bahadur Rana, Sunil Subedi Chhetri, Jiwan Gurung, Abdul Jahid and Bharat Chaulagain – while Durga Dutta Poudel, Shobh Ram Dangi, Sunil Rana and Badri Chaulagain are selected from B2 category.
Similarly, Kritan Shrestha Duwal, Sunil Thapa Magar, Ramesh Bahadur Baniya, Shankar Regmi and Padam Badela are under B3 category. The players under B1 category are visually impaired while B2 are with low vision with up to 5m visibility and B3 are able to see up to 20m.
Altogether, 10 teams from Nepal, host India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies are in the fray.
The matches would be held at nine different centers in India including - Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gujarat, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Andhra Pradesh and Bengaluru, according to the organiser Cricket Association for the Blind in India.
The estimated cost to organised the event is Rs 24.5 crore, informed Cricket Association for the Blind in India president GK Majantesh.