Nepal’s cricket team will compete in the 19th Asian Games’ group stage against Mongolia and Maldives, due to scheduling adjustment.
The 19th Asian Games will take place from September 23 to October 8 in Hangzhou, China.
At first, Nepal was supposed to play Japan and Cambodia, however the competition’s cancellation of Bahrain necessitated a modification in the schedule.
Nepal will meet Japan in the first match on September 27th at Pingfeng Cricket Field. The match versus Cambodia will take place at the same site on October 1.
Afghanistan, the only full-member country originally scheduled for the group stage, has successfully clinched a direct route into the quarterfinals.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh have already qualified for the quarterfinals, where they will face teams that advanced from the first round.
Cricket has appeared twice at the Asian Games, in 2010 and 2014. The competition disappeared from the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has granted international status to the matches in the upcoming Asian Games. There will be T20 International (T20I) cricket matches between male and female sides.
Nepal has already announced its 15-man tournament squad. The team will be led by regular captain Rohit Paudel.
Nepal’s squad consists of Rohit Paudel (captain), Aasif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Sandeep Jora, Binod Bhandari, Dipendra Singh Airee, Bibek Yadav, Gulshan Jha, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane, Pratish GC, Lalit Rajbanshi, and Avinash Bohara.