Nepal confident of further glory

Staff Correspondent

Nepal stunned New Zealand to qualify for the quarter-final round of the ICC under-19 World Cup and they are confident that they can go even further in the ongoing tournament in Bangladesh.
Nepal, the only non-Test playing country to reach the second round of the tournament more than once, have some fond memories as they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh back in 2002.
Nepal earned the second spot of Group B and they will face the winner between Bangladesh and Namibia on February 6 in Dhaka.
Most likely hosts Bangladesh, who are one of the favourites in the tournament, will meet them but the Nepalese seemed least bothered with the prospect of facing them.
‘It is their home ground, they will have advantage but we are confident,’ said Nepal vice-captain Aarif Sheikh on Monday.
Aarif said they are taking inspiration from their 2002 win, though
he believes they have the capability of doing even better.
‘We beat Bangladesh, we beat Pakistan that time, in this tournament we have done even better and we are confident to do well,’ said the 18-year old who participated two list A matches for Nepal national side.
Arif, who is an avid follower of Sakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, likes to approach every game with courage just like his cricketing icon Kevin Pietersen and he reckoned his team-mates also hold the same confidence.
‘We believe on us, coach believe us. We are confident to face anybody’, said the batting-all rounder.

Today’s matches
Bangladesh U-19s v Namibia U-19s, 9:00am at Sheikh Kamal Int’l Cricket Stadium, Cox’s Bazar
West Indies U-19s v Zimbabwe U-19s, 9:00am at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Scotland U-19s v South Africa U-19s, 9:00am at Sheikh Kamal Int’l Cricket Stadium Academy Ground, Cox’s Bazar

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