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Nepal's Young Cricketers

Nepal's Young Cricketers

Two Nepali cricketers have joined up with the MCC Young Cricketers scheme to undergo a six week development program at the Home of Cricket.

Naresh Budhayer and Rajesh Magar are the first cricketers from Nepal to be a part of the prestigious programme, run by MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne.

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"Nepal are going through a surge of good young talent at the moment, performing well as an associate team," Alleyne told Lord's TV.

"As a consequence of that we have some young cricketers playing some really good cricket.

"Part of the MCC mantra is to give these guys some exposure in different conditions and against different opposition to help them develop themselves and also Nepal cricket."

Nepal, which borders India, became an International Cricket Council (ICC) associate side in 1996. They currently play in the World Cricket League Division Three which includes other minor cricket playing nations such as Oman, Uganda and Italy.

MCC Young Cricketers have a long and proud tradition of welcoming players from overseas. Notable graduates of the scheme include former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh, New Zealand's Ross Taylor and the current West Indies Test captain Darren Sammy.

In recent years the scheme has also given opportunities to players from outside the main Test playing nations.

Among recent graduates are Will Porterfield (Warwickshire and Ireland), Kevin O'Brien (Ireland) and Afghan pair Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi.

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