Madhesh Province has announced the team for the Prime Minister’s Cup One Day National Tournament to be held in Kathmandu from 13th October.
National cricketer Anil Shah, who was previously playing for the departmental team Nepal Police Club, is going to play for Madhesh Pradesh. Wicketkeeper batsman Shah has got the responsibility of the team’s vice-captain. He had an excellent performance playing for the provincial qualifiers.
Offspin all-rounder Hari Shankar Shah has got the captaincy. Hashim Ansari, who captained the team last year, is not included in the team.
Having national cricketers Bibek Yadav and Adil Alam in the declared team has made the team even stronger. Similarly, the team has players like Santosh Karki, Bishal Sushling, Rohan Bick, W Malik, Imran Sheikh, Bishal Patel, Rupesh Singh, Rajesh Yadav, Pradeep Paswan. Alternates include Rakesh Kamat, Ratan Raunak, Abhishek Tiwari, Ajay Yadav and Sansad Ansari.
Announced Team: Harishankar Shah (Captain), Anil Shah (Vice-Captain, Wicketkeeper), Bibek Yadav, Adil Alam, Santosh Karki, Ratan Raunak, Bishal Sushling, Rohan Bk, W Malik, Imran Sheikh, Bishal Patel, Rupesh Singh, Rajesh Yadav, Pradeep Paswan
The state has roped in former national cricketer Mehboob Alam as the mentor of the team. Alam last represented Madhesh province last year. The coach of the team is Sunil Shah and the manager is Ansari Ali.
Last year, Madhesh Pradesh was out of the first round after losing 1 game and losing 3 games out of 4 games. This time, the team is aiming to reach at least the semi-finals.
In the competition, Madhesh Province is in Group ‘B’ which includes Nepal Police Club, Bagmati Province, Lumbini Province and Province-1. Group ‘A’ consists of Nepal APF Club, Tribhuvan Army Club, Karnali Province, Gandaki Province and Sudurpaschim Province.
Madhesh Pradesh will start the tournament by playing the first match against Province-1 on 17th Kartik.