Nepal Coach feels lack of exposure a major reason behind women team’s performance in South Asian Games 2019
Coach of Nepal women’s team Jagat Tamata feels that lack of exposure was the reason behind the national team’s dissatisfying performance at the South Asian Games.
The national women’s team of Nepal had participated in the 13th edition of the South Asian Games held in their country. Women’s Cricket was included for the first time in the South Asian Games. Four countries participated in the cricket competition, namely Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. They each played one game against each other in the league stage while the top two teams played the final match.
Nepal bagged the 3rd position in the tournament, ranking only ahead of Maldives. The final was played between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh which the latter had won by a margin of two runs.
Nepal failed to obtain gold or a silver medal and Tamata finds their lack of exposure to the main reason behind it. He believes they had worked quite hard for it but the exposure was something that they lacked.
#SAG2019 Women Cricket: Maldives 8 all out in 11.3 overs (Anjali Chand 4/1, SR Magar 2/0, Rubina Chhetri 2/0, Karuna Bhandari 1/0, Saraswoti Khatiwada 1/1) lost to Nepal 9/0 in 1.1 overs by 10 wickets. Nepal won the bronze medal.
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— Cricket Nepal (@NepalCricket) December 7, 2019
As reported by Onlinekhabar, Tamata said, “The players played well, but they lacked exposure. Our cricket association was suspended for the past three years and the suspension was lifted just recently.”
“The women players got an opportunity to play such a big event, that too with test nations. It will be a good experience for us”, he added.
Tamata said that the association should strive towards providing more exposure to the players henceforth.
Nepal Women had to settle with a bronze in the tournament as they won over Maldives in the third-place decider game. In the league stage, they had only managed to win over Maldives, losing to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Bowler Anjali Chand had taken 6 wickets in the match against Maldives.
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