The women’s team of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), one of the oldest cricket clubs of the world, is currently on a tour of Nepal since October 22. It has come to Nepal for playing matches with the Nepali women’s cricket team.
MCC has so far played six friendly matches. Of the six matches, it won two matches and lost four. The club defeated ICC’s U-19 and Mixed 11 team, however, lost all matches it played with the Cricket Association Nepal (CAN-11) team. In the words of Rubina Chhetri, the Nepali team skipper, more than victory and defeat, the experience-sharing and learning remained exemplary.
“Although we won the match, we could not perform well. We are not used to playing the 40 overs cricket. It is a big thing to play with an old cricket club. We learnt a great deal from them,” Chhetri said. Nepali team’s coach Jagat Tamata said MCC’s tour to Nepal became a learning opportunity for them.
“MCC had brought an excellent team. The Nepali players’ self-confidence has been enhanced playing with the MCC team. We won all the games and it was good for us,” he shared. According to him, the Nepali team’s knowledge has increased as to how to play the 40 overs’ game, how to mentally prepare and paying attention to keeping oneself physically fit for the games after playing the matches with MCC.
Nepali cricket players got to learn many things after playing with the players whom have already played in the World Cup, said CAN Kaski president Sanjaya Kanta Sigdel. “There were players who had played in the World Cup in the MCC team. Our players got an opportunity to play with them and have an experience of playing with world-class team. The self confidence of our players has increased after winning matches with them,” he said.