Paras Khadka out of Tri-Nations SeriesNepal will take on the Netherlands in the series opener on Saturday.
Nepal's all-rounder Paras Khadka has been ruled out of the Tri-Nations T20 Series due to an injury, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) said on Friday.
The former national team captain had sustained an injury to his right shoulder during a training session on Sunday and will be sidelined for up to at least three weeks.
"Having bumped my right shoulder while attempting to take a catch last Sunday during a practice game, it aggravated my right rotator cuff muscle tendon and inflammation resulting in a small tear. As per the doctor's advice and supervision over the last five days, I have been advised to undergo two-three weeks of rehabilitation and extensive physiotherapy," Khadka wrote on Twitter.
"Will miss the tournament but I believe the team is good enough to win it all the way."
Sandeep Jora will take his place in the squad for the double round robin series featuring the Netherlands and Malaysia, scheduled to start on Saturday. Nepal are set to face the Netherlands in the series opener at the TU cricket grounds.
Jora was not included in the final 15-member squad announced on Wednesday. Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Bikram Sob, Pawan Saraf and Lokesh Bam were also released after the closed camp.
Jora made his international debut in January 2019 in the ODI and T20I series against the United Arab Emirates and became the youngest cricketer to score a T20I fifty at 17 years and 103 days. He has won six T20I caps since.
Spinner Shahab Alam and batsman Ashif Sheikh have also been included for the first time in T20I.
Meanwhile, Nepal captain Gyandendra Malla, the Netherlands captain Pieter Seelaar and Malaysia captain Fiaz Ahmed unveiled the Tri-Nations Series trophy on Friday.
Nepal squad: Gyanendra Malla (captain), Dipendra Singh Airee (vice captain), Sandeep Jora, Binod Bhandari, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Sandip Lamichhane, Abhinash Bohara, Aarif Sheikh, Aasif Sheikh, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Shahab Alam, Kamal Singh Airee, Sushan Bhari.