IND-ET vs NEP-ET Dream11: Bangladesh are set to host the Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019, with India opening its campaign against neighbour Nepal at Salvar, Bangladesh. Eight teams are placed in two groups of four teams each with India and Nepal in Group B alongside host Bangladesh and Hong Kong. The tournament will begin from November 14.
India enter the competition as the odds-on favourite, just as in the last edition. But the Men in Blue will definitely be aiming to take one final step towards glory this season after coming up second in the last edition against Sri Lanka.
For Nepal, it's an opportunity to take another giant step towards the ultimate, which is to become a full-fledged member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The team is relatively new in ICC events, but the foundations can certainly be laid for future.
India is the hotbed of raw talent these days. The talent pool is so big that the BCC selection committee has to make some tough decisions every time it names the squad for the international tournaments, with some players, deserving in some capacities, always in the waiting line.
In fact, it's true for all the levels, be it the top level, different age-group tournaments, or the Indian A team; there's only so much room for the players in the squad.
The Men in Blue are the favourites for the tournament. Any journey which doesn't end with the trophy in captain BR Sharath's hands at the end of the tournament will be considered as a huge failure.
We can't see the Indian team losing any game at the group stage, or in the tournament,
Meanwhile, Nepal are not here to stack up the numbers. They have come a long way away from that sort of tag. But the Himalayan outfit will go into the tournament without their biggest star Sandeep Lamichhanedue, who pulled out of the squad to play in the more lucrative T10 League.
India and Bangladesh could be the force too bigger for them to handle at this moment, but Nepal should look at the game against Hong Kong as an opportunity to open the account in the tournament.
Teams: India and Nepal (under-23)
Tournament: Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019
Host country: Bangladesh
Match Timing: November 14, 08:30 AM (Local Time)
Pitch: Not much can be said about the pitch, but we can still round up the 22-yard with the other pitches in Bangladesh. Expect a slow and a rank turner here.
India Team News: BCCI have named a strong 15-man squad for the tournament. BR Sharath will be leading the team as a wicketkeeper captain. The 23-year-old started his first-class career with a century on debut, but he has faded to some degrees since then. With the wicketkeeping position in the Indian team an open spot after MS Dhoni's retirement, he can make the right noise with a solid performance in Bangladesh.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti is another notable presence in the Indian squad. He burst onto the scene after earning a contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders but had to pull out of the tournament due to stress-related issues.
Here is the Indian squad:
BR Sharath (C & WK), Arman Jaffer, Sanveer Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vinayak Gupta, Aryan Juyal, Chinmay Sutar, Yash Rathod, Hrithik Shokeen, Kumar Suraj, P. Rekhade, Kuldip Yadav, S.A. Desai, Arshdeep Singh, S.R. Dubey
Nepal Team News:
Nepal are shorthanded as superstar Sandeep Lamichhane didn't travel to Bangladesh for this tournament after deciding to play in the T10 League in UAE, while all-rounder Paras Khadka is another player who gave the tournament a miss due to some prior assignments.
Nepal will play under the leadership of newly appointed captain Gyanendra Malla, while Dipendra Singh Airee will serve as his deputy in the tournament.
Gayendra Malla (Captain), Dipendra Singh Airee (Vice-captain), Sharad Vesawkar, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Binod Bhandari, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Pawan Sarraf, Sundeep Jora, Sushan Bhari, Ishan Pandey, Md Arif Sheikh, Abinash Bohara, Kushal Bhurtel
India: Arjun Juyal, B Sharath, A Jaffer, Y Rathod, Sanvir Singh, Chinmay Sutar, Saurabh Dubey, Shivam Mavi, Siddharth Desai, Aditya Thakare, Kuldip Yadav
Nepal: Sharad Vesawkar, Binod Bhandari, Gyanendra Malla, Dipendra Airee, Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, KC Karan, Avinash Bohara, Lalit Rajbanshi, Ishan Pandey, Pawan Sarraf
Wicket-Keeper: B Sharath
Batsmen: A Jaffer, G Malla, D. Singh Airee
All-rounders: Sanvir-Singh, Saurabh, S Kami, P Sarraf
Bowlers: H Shokeen, S Mavi, K Karan
Captain: A Jaffer
Vice-captain: S Kami