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Participating teams finalize their squad for PM Cup

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is all set to kick off the Prime Minister’s Cup Men’s One Day National Cricket Tournament on October 30.

A total of 10 teams are fixed to compete in a couple of week-long tournament to be held at TU Cricket Ground and Mulpani Cricket Ground in Kathmandu. Reigning champion Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) is drawn alongside Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club, Karnali Province, Gandaki Province, and Far Western Province in Group A.

Moreover, Nepal Police Club (NPC), Bagmati Province, Lumbini Province, Madesh Province, and Province Number 1 are pitted in Group B. The teams competing in the fifth edition of the PM Cup have finalized their squad.

Tribhuvan Army Club

Titlist Tribhuvan Army Club announced their squad under the captaincy of Wicketkeeper Batsman Binod Bhandari. Fast bowler Sompal Kami, Sushan Bhari and Batsman Arjun Saud are the key members of the squad.

Final Squad:
Binod Bhandari (Captain) (Wicketkeeper), Arjun Saud (Wicketkeeper), Hari Chauhan, Jitendra Mukhiya, Bhim Sarki, Rohit Paudel, Rajesh Pulami, Sonu Tamang, Kushal Malla, Sompal Kami, Bikram Sob, Sushan Bhari, Shahab Alam, Aakash Chand

Coach: Chandra Saud

Manager: Indra kamal Manandar

Nepal Armed Police Force Club

Former National Cricketer Sarad Vheswakar will lead the recent runners-up side of the PM Cup, Armed Police Force. The 2nd edition winners have formed a balanced team and will be driven by Rajesh Shrestha.

Final Squad:
Sarad Vheswakar (Captain), Pradip Aire, Mohamad Aasif Sheikh, Puran B.K., Sandip Jora, Sumit Maharjan, Aayushman Bam, Bhuwan Karki, Amar Singh Rautela, Kamal Singh Aire, Lokesh Bam, Kishore Mahato, Dipak Bohora, Mausam Dhakal

Coach: Rajesh Shrestha

Nepal Police Club

The winner of the Men’s Cricket Tournament held in September under the 9th National Games Nepal Police Club looks mighty in the paper as they have picked renowned names in domestic cricket. The team will step into the field under the captaincy of Dipendra Singh Aire.

Final Squad:
Dipendra Singh Aire (Captain), Aarif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Dilip Nath (W), Amit Shrestha, Sankar Rana, Sunil Dhamala, Sagar Dhakal, Lalit Rajbanshi, Yogendra Singh Karki, Rashid Khan, Pawan Sharaf, Karan KC, Gulshan Kumar Jha

Coach: Manoj Katuwal

Asst. Coach: Manjit Shrestha

Manager: Chitra Bahadur Bista

Province 1

Province 1 has appointed Sidhant Lokani as the skipper of the team. While Lakya Lama is the coach of the team, Ajay Rajbanshi has been given the responsibility of team manager.

Final Squad:
Sidhant Lokani (Captain), Bishak Acharya, Shrawan Yadav, Dipak Raj Joshi, Manish Thapa, Niraj Mukhiya, Ankit Subedi, Sujan Thapaliya, Sonu Mandal, Sonu Ansari, Bibek Mahato, Firdos Ansari, Lab Kamat, Heman Rai

Coach: Lakya Lama

Manager: Ajay Rajbanshi

Bagmati Province

Bagmati Province teamed up with experienced players and young prospects to compete in the 5th Edition of the PM Cup. The former skipper of the National Cricket Team Gyanendra Malla will lead the team.

Final Squad:
Gyanendra Malla (Captain), Prithu Banskota (Vice Captain), Rit Gautam, Bibek Rana Magar, Durgesh Thapa (Wicketkeeper), Ishan Pandey, Ashutosh Ghiriya, Nandan Yadav, Pratish GC, Ram Naresh Giri, Surya Tamang, Tilak Raj Bhandari, Sonu Devkota, Rijan Dhakal

Reserves: Gautam KC, Ashok Paudel, Gaurav Khadka, Ramashish Mahato

Coach: Samson Jung Thapa

Manager: Sujan Maharjan

Gandaki Province

Coach Rijan Praju has finalized his team for the PM Cup under the headship of Bipin Khatri.

Final Squad:
Bipin Khatri (Captain), Chandrakant Paudel, Samir Kandel, Bidhan Shrestha, Sachin Raj Adhikari, Arjun Kumal, Sandip Khatri, Amrit Gurung, Karan Pangeni, Sandesh Basnet, Abhishek Basnet, Subhas Bhandari, Krishna Paudel and Kamal Pariyar.

Reserves: Dinesh Budha Magar, Pradeep Aryal, Saujanya Regmi and Sandip Parajuli.

Coach: Rijan Praju

Manager: Chandra Kumar Gurung (Jimme)

Karnali Province

Karnali Province has formed their team for the PM Cup under the captaincy of Rabindra Jung Shahi. Birendra Shahi will look after the Karnali Province team.

Final Squad:
Rabindra Jung Shahi (Captain), Prakash Jaishi, Dipendra Rawat, Himanshu Shahi, Anuj Kumar Chanara, Aawash Shah, Dinesh Adhikari, Bipin Rawal, Subodh Ayer, Arjun Gharti, Diwan Pun, Bipin Shahi, Nischal Rawal, Mohan BK

Coach: Birendra Shahi

Manager: Roshan Shahi

Madesh Province

Hari Shankar Shah will lead the Madesh Province’s side in the 5th edition of the Prime Minister’s Cup.

Final Squad:
Hari Shankar Shah (Captain), Bivek Yadav, Santosh Karki, Anil Kumar Shah (Wicketkeeper), Ratan Raunak, W Malik, Imran Sheikh, Rohan BK, Bishal Patel, Rupesh Singh, Rajesh Yadav, Mohammad Adil Alam, Bishal Shushling and Pradip Paswan.

Reserves: Rakesh Kamat, Abhishek Tiwari, Ajay Yadav and Samsad Ansari.

Far Western Province

Far Western Province, who secured third in the Men’s Cricket Tournament under the 9th National Games held in September will compete in the PM Cup under the leadership of Raju Rijal.

Final Squad:
Raju Rijal (Captain), Basanta Khatri (Vice Captain), Narayan Joshi, Sher Malla, Basanta Karki, Hemant Dhami, Milan Bohra, Dipak Tamata, Gajendra Bohora, Birendra Nath, Narendra Saud, Kailash Ayer, Tek Rawal and Gajendra Bhandari.

Reserves: Khadak Bahadur Bohra, Birendra Bam, Krishna Bhatt and Smit Budha.

Lumbini Province

Lumbini Province formed a team including Nepal National Cricket team’s key players Dev Khanal and Basir Ahmed. While Dev is the captain of the team, Basir has been given the responsibility of vice-captain.

Final Squad:

Dev Khanal (Captain), Basir Ahmed (Vice Captain), Prajwal Thapa, Akash Tripathi, Mohammad Hussain, Sandeep Rasaili, Bishal Bikram KC, Tul Bahadur Thapa, Krishna Karki, Durgesh Gupta, Sunil Bhandari, Anil Kharel, Naresh Nepali, Abhishek Gautam.

Reserves: Birat Bhandari, Rohan KC, Sumit Newar and Nirmal Gurung.

The winners of the tournament will purse a cash prize of 1 million whereas the runner-up team of the tournament will receive NRs. 5 lakhs. Likewise, the best player in the competition will pocket NRs. 50,000. The best batter and bowler of the tournament will get 20,000 each. Moreover, the tournament’s emerging player will be rewarded with NRs. 10,000.

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