IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals calls Shakti for trial

ImageNepal’s veteran left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan has been called for a practice camp by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals, the player himself confirmed here today.

According to Shakti, Romi Bhinder — an assistant manager of Royals during the third edition — sent an email to Nepal’s national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake requesting to send the bowler for a training camp of the Rajasthan Royals in Nagpur. Shakti is leaving for Nagpur on Thursday.

The email sent to coach Dassanayake by Romi reads: “I was thinking to involve your left arm spinner (Shakti) in the practice camp… The travelling part has to be managed by Nepalese cricket and we will take care of his expenses in Nagpur while keeping him in the development squad.”

Still confused and shocked by the turn of the event, Shakti can only make his guesses. “I don’t know anything right now. I would have to visit Nagpur first but I guess they are intending to monitor me first and keep me in the development squad,” said the off spinner.

“I am supposed to join the camp from March 29 and the IPL begins on April 4. So, I don’t think I am going to do anything big inside six days. But I will keep my finger crossed.”

Shakti said he could not believe when Dassanayake called him from Canada to inform the news. “I had no clue what the coach was telling. Once he finished telling me everything, I asked him to repeat it once again. It was only after the mail which I received from the CAN (Cricket Association of Nepal), sent by the coach, I took it seriously,” he added.

“It’s a dream for me to even think about playing along side Indian legend Rahul Dravid, Australia’s Shane Watson and Shaun Tait,” he said.

Shakti believed that coach Dassanayake must have recommended his name to the club following his recent performance in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in the UAE.

Shakti picked up 16 wickets in the March 13-24 Qualifier including a hat-trick — Nepal’s first in men’s international cricket — against Denmark on March 14. Forcing his way back in the national Twenty20 team after being ignored for two events, Shakti ended up as the most economical bowler in the Qualifier where Nepal finished seventh.

Shakti had also played cricket in England, representing Division-I team Sileby Town Cricket Club where he played nine matches and scored 312 runs. He also picked up nine wickets during his two-and-a-half month stay in England.

Source: http://www.thehimalayantimes.com


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