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Manjeet back after three years



KATHMANDU: All rounder Manjeet Shrestha won his place back in the national fold after three years as the Cricket Association of Nepal today named the final squad for the ACC Twenty20 Cup to be held here in Kathmandu from March 26 to April 3.

Paras Khadka will lead the 14-member team that also includes Gyanendra Malla as his deputy. Other players in the team include Sharad Vesawkar, Amrit Bhattarai, Shakti Gauchan, Basant Regmi, Sanjam Regmi, Binod Bhandari, Pradeep Airee, Anil Mandal, Prithu Baskota, Chandra Sawad and Subash Khakurel.

Manjeet won a tough selection battle ahead of another all rounder Sagar Pun. The U-19 batsman from Bhairahawa had impressed coach Pubudu Dassanayake following his fine performance in the National One Day and Twenty20 Tournaments at the end of last year.

Sagar, however, was unable to impress the coach during their recent New Delhi tour. “Manjeet performed brilliantly in the practice matches in New Delhi. He was good with both the bat and ball and that was the reason behind his selection,” said Dassanayake today.

“The Delhi Tour was a good opportunity for Sagar to display his potentials but he went out of touch there. I think it is too early for him to find a place in the national team,” added the coach.

Manjeet represented Nepal in the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division-IV held in Italy. After making his debut in the U-19 team for the 2002 ACC Trophy in Singapore, 28-year old Manjeet has been in an out of the national team.

Manjeet’s inclusion meant left arm spinner Rahul Kumar BK still has to wait to find his place back in the team. Along with Sagar and Rahul, seamers Jitendra Mukhiya and Ram Naresh Giri has been named as reserves.

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