Nepali cricketers get raw deal in Kuwait
Posted by Prabin the सोभित on बुधवार, अप्रील 22, 2009
KATHMANDU POST REPORT, April 21 –
The boys had left for Kuwait on a high to defend The Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) U-19 Elite Cup for the fifth straight time. On the eve of their departure on Monday, coach Roy Dias had said he was banking on his two main spinners Lal Bahadur Adhikari and Sagar Khadka to deliver in the flat pitch of Kuwait.
Dais will now have to change his game plan as Khadka is ill with fever and missed the practice session as well. Nepal begin their quest to retain the title when they take on Saudi Arabia at the Hubara Ground in Kuwait on Wednesday.
Injuries apart, Dias is also not happy with the welcome his boys have received so far form the organisers. Having reached a day earlier, all that his team managed to do a day before their match was some stretching and catching practice.
Even the first practice session was on cemented wickets and the coach was clearly unhappy while talking to The Post from Kuwait, “We must practice on turf as we will be playing in turf throughout the tournament.”
This isn’t the only worry for the coach as he suddenly finds himself in a position where he also has to work on his boys’ self confidence as well, as the title holders find themselves discriminated from the organisers.
Nepali team has been isolated from the rest of the teams and instead of a five-star hotel as per the ACC tournament regulations, the team has been kept in an apartment where there is no room service, laundry and other facilities the rest of the participants are enjoying, so much so that the players are having to wash their own clothes.
“The problems have made us more determined to win the tournaments,” captain Gyanendra Malla said. “Added to it is the pressure of living up to our reputation. That is why our approach is to take one match at a time.”