Nepal all-rounder Khadka signs up for Abu Dhabi T10

The National - News - - SPORT - Paul Radley

Paras Khadka says he hopes to “see the Nepalese flag fly­ing high” when he plays at the Abu Dhabi T10 next month.

The all-rounder, who re­signed as cap­tain of Nepal af­ter more than a decade of ser­vice ear­lier this month, has been signed to play for Team Abu Dhabi in the 10-over com­pe­ti­tion.

“It is an honour to be join­ing Team Abu Dhabi and I can’t wait to be in­volved in this in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing tour­na­ment,” Khadka, 32, said. “I know the matches are go­ing to be in­tense, but I love play­ing against the world’s best.

“I’m hop­ing to see the Nepalese

flag fly­ing high in the stands of Zayed Cricket Sta­dium when I play next month.”

Team Abu Dhabi’s bosses are hope­ful Khadka’s ar­rival will help mit­i­gate the loss of Mo­hammed Amir.

Amir was the No 1 draft pick for the tour­na­ment, which starts on Novem­ber 15 at the Zayed Cricket Sta­dium in Abu Dhabi.

How­ever, he was one of a raft of Pak­istan play­ers who were sud­denly ruled inel­i­gi­ble when the Pak­istan Cricket Board with­drew their no-ob­jec­tion cer­tifi­cates this week. Among those who will also no longer be a part of the tour­na­ment are Mo­hammed Hafeez (Qa­lan­dars), Shoaib Ma­lik (Delhi Bulls) and Wa­hab Riaz (North­ern War­riors).

Khadka has re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence of suc­cess in the UAE, hav­ing led Nepal to se­ries wins over the na­tional team in one-day in­ter­na­tional and T20 in­ter­na­tional se­ries in Jan­uary.

He has been selected as Team Abu Dhabi’s “in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity pro­moter” player for the tour­na­ment.

He joins a side that in­cludes Moeen Ali, Corey An­der­son and Niroshan Dick­wella, and is over­seen by the for­mer Eng­land

coach Trevor Bayliss. “Paras is an im­pres­sive player who ex­cels in short-forms of the game,” Bayliss said. “Both his bat­ting and bowl­ing prow­ess make him a threat to any team, and he adds an­other ex­cit­ing di­men­sion to the bal­ance of Team Abu Dhabi.

“I’m sure that Nepalese fans are go­ing to love the op­por­tu­nity to see him per­form in Abu Dhabi this Novem­ber.”

San­deep Lamich­hane, Khadka’s Nepal team-mate, will be play­ing for Kar­nataka Tuskers in the tour­na­ment.

Nepal star Paras Khadka ’can’t wait to be in­volved’ in the T10

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