Arif Sheikh will look to continue his form from the OD matches played against Malaysia XI prior to round 5 of CWC League 2 at Kathmandu - Image by ICC Online Media Zone @ICC (Twitter)

Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has announced the 14-member national squad for the 5th round of ICC CWC League 2 Championship, which they will be hosting from Feb 05th – 12th, 2020 at Kathmandu and will make their debut in the Championship.

Nepal will be competing against the visiting squads of United States of America and Oman in the 5th round, with USA currently leading the League 2 points table with 6 wins from 8 completed games and Oman at 4th place in the points log with 4 wins from 7 completed games (one match against Namibia abandoned due to country-wide mourning ceremony due to death of the Sultan; the match can be scheduled at a later date if ICC deems so).

The tournament will kickstart Nepal’s campaign in the League 2 Championship, which will see them tour Namibia (Apr 2020), Papua New Guinea (Jun 2020) and Scotland (Jun 2020) in the space of next 3-4 months and play 16 ODI matches out of their allotted 36 in the Championship.

The most notable absentee from the squad remains in the form of Sompal Kami, who remains sidelined due to injury. All matches in the tournament will be played at the Tribhuvan University ground at Kirtipur, Kathmandu, which has hosted all official List-A, First-Class and T20 matches played in the country till date (the other venue being in Pokhara, which recently hosted official T20I women’s matches during 2019 South Asian Games held in Dec 2019).

Nepal Squad for ICC CWC League 2, Round 5th

Gyanendra Malla (Captain), Dipendra Singh Airee, Paras Khadka, Sandeep Lamichhane, Karan KC, Arif Sheikh, Binod Bhandari, Abinash Bohora, Kushal Malla, Kamal Singh Aireee, Sushan Bhari, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Sharad Vesawkar & Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi

Nepal Schedule in ICC CWC League 2, Round 5th

05th Feb 2020: Oman v Nepal (TU Ground, Kathmandu)

08th Feb 2020: USA v Nepal (TU Ground, Kathmandu)

09th Feb 2020: Oman v Nepal (TU Ground, Kathmandu)

12th Feb 2020: USA v Nepal (TU Ground, Kathmandu)

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