The Rejuvenation Of The Giant Killers In Youth Cricket.
As all of us witnessed that the Nepal had beaten India
in the on going ACC Youth Asia Cup 2017.And it was a proud moment for the associate country ,when the last wicket fell and the joy of beating mighty Indians was so fascinating to watch.At that moment, the victory brought tears in the face of millions of Nepalese around the globe and infact, I can't stop myself from crying that day.Nepal stunned defending champions India on the third day of the Under-19 Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur. Playing a key role in the 19-run win was the captain Dipendra Singh Airee. First he made 88 in Nepal's struggling 185 for 8. Then he took 4 for 39 to knock India down from 91 for 1 to 166 all out.A day later Nepal thrashed Malaysia by 8 wickets in just 5.3 overs chasing the 46 runs target in a rain shortened match (24 overs).At some point Malaysia were 33-0 and aspiring leggie Sandeep Lamichcame out classed the Malaysian batting with figure 4.3-1-8-5.
The win over any full member is always a big achievement for a country like Nepal i.e.,associate with no proper domestic structure and suffering from turmoil in the cricket's governing body, and to beat India ,former U19 WC winners is an amazing experience, just after losing to slightly less stronger opponnet Bangladesh, whom eventually had beaten India a day later to bring Nepal along as a group runners up into the semis.Though its only the first time Indians are stunned by the Nepalese colts, its not the first time they have beaten full member.The tale all begun back in 2001 u19 worldcup where Nepal beat the Pakistan and Bangladesh .Then,in 2004, they overcame South Africa. They did it again in 2006, and added New Zealand to their list, too.There are only 3 test teams whom Nepal hadn't beaten and they are Australia,England and the Zimbabwe.
But as time passed on, the spree didn't graduate to anything substantial. Nepal still remained in the lower runs of international cricket.With each win, it seemed like Nepal were closer than ever to becoming a full international team, but it never came to fruition. Nepal is struggling without a proper set up for its cricket, and to create a pool of players has been a mammoth task for everyone involved. Initially, a national Under-19 tournament used to help the selectors pick out promising players for their developmental squads, but in more recent times they've had to just rely on the provinces sending them three promising players for the Under-19 squads.There was no saying how talented the three cricketers were compared to others in the province. They just had to rely on those who were sent. It perhaps directly affected the state of the national team.
Probably the bad domestic structure, poor and corrupt governing body in the country and political interfere might have resulted in the less grooming of the players whom had well performed at the youth level.The names like Salman Butt and Umar Gul from Pakistan ,Brendon McCullum from New Zealand etc have bloomed as a world class cricketers over the years and the Nepalese names like Kanishka Chaugai (starred in the win against Pakistan) faded away like the perfume...