WCL5 final to be televised
The final of February's World Cricket League Division Five tournament, hosted by Nepal, is set to be televised on a state broadcasting network.
The competition, which also features USA, Singapore, Bahrain, Jersey and Fiji will be staged in the capital Kathmandu and according to Nepal coach Roy Dias will attract 10,000 strong crowds. The hosts finished above their Asian adversaries Bahrain and Singapore in the recently concluded ACC T20 despite Dias's admission that the team were not coached to play the games shortest format.
With home advantage Nepal will start as one of the favourites to step up a rung on the world cup qualification ladder by progressing to Division Four to face Italy, Tanzania, Argentina and the Cayman Islands in June in Italy. Dias hopes to prepare his team for the tournament by organising a series of fixtures against the academy side of neighbours India.
Their main challenge could come from the USA, who since failing to progress from Division Five last time out in Jersey have won the Americas Division One title and qualified for the Under-19 World Cup. They will have the advantage of a competitive build-up to WCL5 as they were controversially included in the World Twenty20 qualifiers, scheduled for early February in Dubai, at the expense of higher ranked teams.