Under 16 or 16 Plus?

Around a week ago, when U-16 National Championship was being played in the capital, a message appeared on social networking site facebook, “Went to watch U-16 nationals. Sadly, most players were 16-plus. Real under 16 players are bound to be affected if overage players play”.

It is almost obvious that this person had a boy playing in the championship and in most likelihood, was a real U-16 player.

One of the reasons, the U-16 national championship was organized during SLC exams – when boys of 16 and thereabouts are appearing for the tests touted as ‘Iron Gate’ – was that a team needed to be selected for the upcoming ACC U-16 Elite Cup, to be played in Malaysia in May. Nepal is grouped with Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait and Malaysia in the championship.

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The Worry Called Cricket

If you were tovisit Tribhuvan University Grounds these days, you could see Nepali cricketers,led by captain Paras Khadka, in practice drills. They are busy in preparationfor the SAARC Under-25 Twenty20 Cricket, which Maldives will host.
As the boys looksprightly during the net sessions, a rumor that yours truly heard this weekcomes as a flash. The story is: Recently, President of Cricket Association ofNepal, Binay Raj Pandey called Paras Khadka for a meeting. Paras sent a messagesaying he would meet the new President of CAN, as the change of guards islikely.

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