T20 World Cup 2024: SWOT Analysis Of Nepal Cricket Team

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 is approaching and Nepal cricket after a gap of 10 years is set to mark its grand entry once again. Moreover, it is the first time in cricket history that Nepal will be participating in any ICC World Cup tournament against competitive teams. It was in 2014 when the Nepal cricket team last played against Afghanistan in the qualifier group round of the T20 World Cup, but couldn’t advance into the main event.

Previously,  the Nepal team made an appearance in the ODI World Cup 2023 qualifiers in the previous year, but couldn’t succeed to qualify into the main tournament. Also, it was the first time in history that Nepal qualified for Asia Cup 2023, but faced back-to-back losses against Pakistan and India in group stages, which straight away marked their elimination from the tournament.

In this review, let’s analyze the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of the Nepal Cricket Team. Before that, you need to scrutinize the players included in the 15-member squad to predict the performance of Nepal in their first World Cup game ever.

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Nepal Cricket Team 15-Member Squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Here is the complete list of Nepal Cricket Team’s 15-member squad categorized according to their roles:

  • Batsmen (2): Kushal Bhurtel, Sundeep Jora
  • All-rounders (8):

    • Batting All-rounder: Rohit Paudel (captain/ Spin), Anil Sah, (Spin), Kushal Malla (Spin), Dipendra Singh Airee (Medium pacer).
    • Bowling All-rounder: Karan KC (Medium pacer), Sompal Kami (Medium pacer), Pratis GC (Medium pacer), Kamal Singh Airee (Medium pacer)
  • Wicketkeeper (1): Aasif Sheikh
  • Bowlers (4): Lalit Rajbanshi (Spin), Gulsan Jha (Medium pacer), Abinash Bohara (Medium pacer), and Sagar Dhakal (Spin).

SWOT Analysis of Nepal Team for T20 World Cup 2024

Let’s delve deeper into the SWOT analysis of the Nepal cricket team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024:

STRENGTHS:

One of the biggest strengths of the Nepal cricket team is having several experienced players in the squad.

Especially, Dipendra Singh Airee (also known as Tiger) became the third international batter after the former cricketers Yuvraj Singh (INDIA) and Kieron Pollard (WEST INDIES) to smash six sixes consecutively in an over in the T20 internationals (T20Is) format. He is one such power hitter who can intensify the batting unit with his fearless approach.

The wicketkeeper batter Aasif Sheikh, experienced bowling all-rounder Karan KC and batsman Kushal Bhurtel are the biggest assets to the squad.

WEAKNESSES:

The first weakness of the Nepal team that comes to our mind is the lack of competitiveness against the top-performing teams.

Popularly known as the Rhinos of the Men’s cricket team, they have played against associate member nations (non-full-time cricket teams) in recent times such as Hong Kong, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Malaysia, Netherlands, and several others. Although few of these teams would be participating in the World Cup, playing against the toughest teams (known as the full-member nations) will make spectators witness a completely one-sided contest.

Also, their recent loss in the warm-up match against a weaker team like Canada by 63 runs raises uncertainty about their performance against competitive teams.

OPPORTUNITIES:

This is one of the golden opportunities for the Nepal cricket team to make a huge impact on a grand stage like the T20 World Cup 2024. Also, a majority of players will gain valuable experience at the international level by competing against teams such as South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. As a result, playing against competitive teams sharpens their skills and helps players gain momentum to participate in further ICC tournaments.

THREATS:

Playing in foreign conditions, the Rhinos will have a tough time in the group stages and their schedule against these competitive teams is tabulated below in detail:

Date and DayOpponent TeamVenueTimings
June 4 (Tuesday)NetherlandsGrand Prairie Stadium, Dallas    10:30 am (Local) / 03:30 pm (GMT) / 09:00 pm (IST)
June 12 (Wednesday)Sri LankaCBRP Stadium, Lauderhill, Florida    07:30 pm (Local) / 11:30 pm (GMT) / 05:00 am (IST)
June 15 (Saturday)South AfricaKingstown, St Vincent, Arnos Vale Ground,07:30 pm (Local) / 11:30 pm (GMT) / 05:00 am (IST)
June 17 (Monday)BangladeshKingstown, St Vincent, Arnos Vale Ground,07:30 pm (Local) / 11:30 pm (GMT) / 05:00 am (IST)

Especially, the Nepali cricketers will be under pressure to win against these teams and qualify for the Super Eight stages by winning 3 out of 4 games, which seems to be an extremely challenging task.

Furthermore, the Nepal squad has Aasif Sheikh as their only wicketkeeper and if he gets injured, there isn’t any backup player who can perform the role of full-time wicketkeeping, which is another threat factor.

Since, this is the first time that the Nepal cricket team is participating in World Cup, a majority of players would get a bit anxious and might not exhibit their best talents.

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