Where is Binod Das?

The National One Day cricket championship ends just as the New Year begins. For all the criticism Cricket Association of Nepal has faced for not organizing the nationals during the customary season of summer, the timing of the nationals has been perfect this time around.

There is something about winter and cricket that makes sense. The sun shining on the pitch, after moist and dewy mornings, just as the players warm up and spectators enjoy sunbathing along with contest between bat and ball makes it a delightful sight that perhaps no other sport offers. Add to that women’s team practicing under the watchful eyes of Pubudu Dassanayake – just as the men fight it out for the national title – it seems as if everything were perfect with Nepali cricket.

Alas, not everything is. This time around, most people who came to cricket grounds to watch cricket in the capital had one question in mind: Where is Binod Das?

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Ghosts of the Past

It is strange how the ghosts of past keep coming back to haunt you. More so, in sports, as it deals with statistics – again, of the past…

By all means Malaysia has been a happy hunting ground for Nepali cricket – after the home ground – having won two titles at age group level cricket. The first of them came at the ACC U-15 Two Day, when Nepal won the title under Prithu Baskota’s captaincy, in 2006.

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Endgame for Binod Das?

The national cricket team is embarking on a tour to India, as a preparation for the ICC World T20 Qualifiers, which is to be held in the UAE in third week of March. The 18-member preliminary squad is to go to Mumbai to play 5-6 T20 matches and one 50-over match, with the local teams.

This is not the first preparation tour for Nepal and neither shall it be the last. But this time around, the team will be traveling without former skipper Binod Das, who has been dropped from the team.

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Promise’s there: Time to Act!

Many cricket fans, those who favour game’s global expansion,would be delighted to see Zimbabwe’s re-entry into the Test arena after almosthalf a decade. The cricket world, especially the non-Test playing countries,must be looking at it with the same interest as they did 19 years ago, when Dave Houghton’s amateurs took to the field against India.
This is exactly the moment when Zimbabwe batsman, TatendaTaibu – who had been in self imposed exile after controversially resigning fromthe captaincy in 2005 – took the opportunity to tell the world that all is stillnot well with Zimbabwe Cricket. He said, he spoke out ‘as a senior member inthe side’.
Tatenda Taibu is one name Nepali cricketers and fans alike,would never forget. He was the one who had stopped our boys’ dream run at U-19Cricket World Cup in 2002, beating Nepal in the final of Plate Championship.
As Nepal U-19 team, led by Prithu Baskota, plays the U-19World Cup 2012 qualifiers, the memories of Taibu’s conquest over our team and ourboys’ performance in 2002 in New Zealand comes back flashing.

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