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  • Liam Kermode

GameDay Squad Fantasy Cricket Squad Preview: Nepal

No major surprises in this Nepal squad heading to the 2024 T20 World Cup! Nepal take a young squad to the World Cup but a squad... that despite their status on the World Cricket stage, boasts a tonne of talent that could take the world by surprise! Get the inside scoop on Nepal's Cricket Squad for the upcoming GameDay Squad competition with an in-depth analysis and preview. Find out who to watch out for!

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Average is based on all T20 Internationals in the last 12 months.

Rohit Paudel - Batsman - 44.3 GDS fantasy average

Aasif Sheikh - Wicket-Keeper - 36.9 GDS fantasy average

Anil Sah - Wicket-Keeper - 37.0 GDS fantasy average

Kushal Bhurtel - Batsman - 38.6 GDS fantasy average

Kushal Malla - All-Rounder - 46.8 GDS fantasy average

Dipendra Singh Airee - All-Rounder - 60.0 GDS fantasy average

Lalit Rajbanshi - Bowler - 26.8 GDS fantasy average

Karan KC - Bowler - 37.0 GDS fantasy average

Gulsan Jha - All-Rounder - 34.4 GDS fantasy average

Sompal Kami - All-Rounder - 28.3 GDS fantasy average

Pratis GC - Bowler - 21.6 GDS fantasy average

Sundeep Jora - Batsman - 18.8 GDS fantasy average

Abinash Bohara - Bowler - 36.6 GDS fantasy average

Sagar Dhakal - Bowler - -2.0 GDS fantasy average

Kamal Singh Airee - Bowler - 0.0 GDS fantasy average


Three players with exceptional T20I averages including their young captain Rohit Paudel who will hold the keys to Nepal's success!

Rohit Paudel

Kushal Bhurtel Sundeep Jora

Nepal will be captained by 21-year-old Rohit Paudel who only just recently went ballistic for a 47 ball century against a West Indies A bowling attack featuring the likes of Roston Chase and Gudakesh Motie. Paudel’s healthy T20I average of 29.96 indicates that Nepal will lean on their leader both in tactics and for runs which leads me to believe that he could be a sneaky boom or bust selection for your GameDay Squad! 


The bowling attack is where Nepal have added their experience! If Nepal are to shock the world, they'll need to keep run chases at arms length, this bowling attack gives them the best chance to do just that!

Lalit Rajbanshi - Bowler

Karan KC - Bowler

Pratis GC - Bowler

Abinash Bohara - Bowler

Sagar Dhakal - Bowler

Kamal Singh Airee - Bowler

Karan KC retains his position in the Nepal squad, this time playing the role of one of the very few older statesman in the side. Karan KC has been around the block for some time, notching up 97 T20I wickets through 43 matches. Expect Karan KC to play a big role in this World Cup as Nepal continue to establish themselves on the world stage. 

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Four players come into the tournament that have the all-rounder position designation in GDS. This is where I think GDS coaches will be able to find their best value!

Kushal Malla - All-Rounder

Dipendra Singh Airee - All-Rounder

Gulsan Jha - All-Rounder

Sompal Kami - All-Rounder

A player I’m super high on is 24-year-old all-rounder Dipendra Singh Airee who will float up and down the Nepalese batting order and is almost a lock for 4 overs every innings. Ranking 10th overall on the ICC T20I All-Rounder rankings, owning a batting average of 38.71 and claiming 37 wickets in the process so far in his T20I career, DSA should be viewed as Nepal’s greatest threat in all three facets of the game! He’s worth consideration every time Nepal play.  Blistering and battering 20-year-old Kushal Malla is set to prove himself on the world stage for Nepal in the upcoming World Cup. Malla is one of Nepal’s many younger prodigies coming through their ranks. Malla especially has solidified himself as he has nailed down a ranking of 32 overall in the ICC’s latest T20I All-Rounder rankings. Malla has the ability to win a game off his own bat, as shown by his 137* against Mongolia only a year ago, if he can bring that form into the World Cup he might just be a dynasty pick to keep an eye on! 

Wicket Keeper

Two Wicket-Keepers with WK designation going into the World Cup. Senior Wicket-Keeper Aasif Sheikh will retain the gloves over fellow gloveman, Anil Sah, at least for the earlier stages of the tournament and the bigger games. 

Aasif Sheikh - Wicket-Keeper

Anil Sah - Wicket-Keeper

Sheikh ranks as the third highest Nepalese Batsman in the ICC T20I rankings behind teammates Dipendra Singh Airee and Rohit Paudel. His T20I average of 25.41 while recording 26 total dismissals through 33 matches means it’s worth keeping a sneaky eye on him! He could be a bit of a Smokey! 

Predicted Starting XI

  1. Aasif Sheikh

  2. Kushal Bhurtel

  3. Rohit Paudel

  4. Kushal Malla

  5. Dipendra Singh Airee

  6. Sandeep Jora

  7. Gulshan Jha

  8. Sompal Kami

  9. Karan KC

  10. Lalit Rajbanshi

  11. Abinash Bohara


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