HANGZHOU (CHINA), Sept 27: Nepal is playing its first match against Mongolia in men's cricket tournament under the 19th Asian Games, 2022.
The match started at 6:45AM Nepali time today. Mongolia is making its debut in men's cricket today. It may be noted that the International Cricket Council (ICC) recognized Mongolia as associate team only in 2021.
Nepal which is in Group 'A' will play its second match against the Maldives on Sunday. Nepal will enter the quarter-final if it retains top position in the Group 'A'.
On such condition, Nepal would play against a team from among India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in the quarter-final. All five countries have sent their second line teams to participate in the Asian Games due to the One Day World Cup Championship.
A Nepali men's cricket team has arrived here on Sunday to take part in the tournament. Two key members of Nepali cricket team – Sandeep Lamichhane and Sagar Dhakal – also arrived here lately.
Other players in the Nepali team include Rohit Kumar Poudel (captain), Kushal Bhurtel, Deependra Singh Airee, Asif Sheikh, Kushal Malla, Gulshan Jha, Karan KC, Abhinash Bohara, Bibek Kumar Yadav, Pratish GC, Sompal Kami, Binod Bhadnari and Saneep Jora.