Venkatapathi Raju tracking Nepal’s off-spinner Sagar Pun

ACC Development Officers Venkatapathi Raju and Rumesh Ratnayake have completed a specialist bowling workshop in Nepal. "We wanted to add just a few of those 'one-percenters' to the spinners and fast-bowlers ahead of (Pepsi ICC World Cricket League) Division 2," says Rumesh. Promotion from Division 2, and Nepal are within striking distance of World Cup 2019 and Test-status.

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Spin is a major weapon for Nepal, knowing how to balance containment and attack is key for them. “It’s going to be a high-level of cricket that Nepal face in Namibia, four of the other teams there have been ODI countries for a long time,” says Raju. “We know what they can do on the world stage in T20s, in 50-over cricket the bowler has a bit more of a say, and Rumesh and I have been working with the bowlers on having them assert themselves on what Pubudu (Dassanayake, Nepal’s coach) says will be batting tracks in Windhoek.
Rumesh working with Karan KC at Tribhuvan
You certainly can’t bowl the same lines and lengths that you do on the turning tracks in Nepal,” adds the wily spinner who himself took wickets all over the world.

As well as taking the national team bowlers, Raju and Rumesh worked with some up-and-coming players. “There’s a fair amount of talent here,” says Rumesh. “let’s get these boys in Namibia hitting the deck hard and bowling in the right areas at the right times first. People think it’s a batsman’s game, on batting wickets it’s actually the bowler that steps up who can be the true match-winner.”

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Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2

Filed January 6th, 2015