The Nepali national cricket team has left for China to participate in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou today.
Nepal Cricket Association (CAN) bade farewell to the team.
Spinner Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi has missed Asiad due to injury surgery last week. Sagar Dhakal has taken the place of Lalit, who was injured in the TU cricket ground during practice.
Another spinner Sandeep Lamichhane also could not go to China with the team today. He could not go to China with the team because the hearing of the rape case against him was scheduled for today.
However, the Kathmandu District Court has postponed the trial, citing lack of judges. It is learnt that he will go to China tomorrow. He has already booked the ticket, sources have said.
The Nepali team is taking on Mongolia on Wednesday in Asiad. The match will be played at Zhejiang Cricket Ground.
In the last match of the group stage, Nepal is scheduled to play against Maldives next Sunday. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have directly qualified for the quarter-finals.
Cricket matches in Asiad are being held from September 21 to October 8.
Nepal Cricket Team:
Rohit Kumar Paudel (captain), Kushal Bhurtel, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aasif Sheikh (wicketkeeper), Kushal Malla, Gulshan Jha, Karan KC, Abinash Bohara, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sagar Dhakal, Bibek Kumar Yadav, Pratish GC, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Zora and Binod Bhandari (wicketkeepers)