ICC: (September 14, 2020) Nepal men™s player Lalit Bhandari was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident travelling from Mahendranagar from Dhangadhi on Sunday.
After initially undergoing treatment at Nisarg Hospital in Dhangadhi, Bhandari regained consciousness and was transported to Kohalpur Medical College in Banke for further treatment, according to the Cricket Association of Nepal.
Local website Cricketing Nepal reported that the motorcycle, which was carrying Bhandari and a relative was hit by a truck in the early evening.
After operations to both his hand and a leg, the 28-year old is now in a stable condition, according to former captain Paras Khadka who tweeted earlier today.
Bhandari, a left-arm seamer, collected two wickets in Nepal™s maiden ODI win during their tour to the Netherlands in 2018 and also played for his country against the MCC at Lord™s that same year. He made his List A debut during the ICC World Cricket League Championship in 2017.
Jonty Rhodes signs on as head coach of Sweden
SCF Performance Director Benn Harradine, himself a decorated discus athlete with multiple Olympic appearances and a Commonwealth gold medal to his name, is excited about the partnership with Rhodes, coming just as the game is experiencing a surge of interest: “The growth [has] been just bananas. In the last two years, we™ve gone from 17 clubs to 78 clubs. We™re basically trying to manage how we can place resources around this growth, because it™s going boom, and this is where Jonty comes in.”
For Rhodes, the job will be about more than simply coaching the national team – his mission is to help build things from the ground up. “A big part of my focus is not just how do we make the high-performance end of it work, but how do we ensure that the coaches themselves are excited about imparting cricket skills to kids, and making sure that they do the basics really, really well.”
Canada bolsters women™s development with key appointment
Shabbir™s role is an encouraging step forward in the development of women™s cricket in the country, which has a rich history stretching back almost two centuries in the men™s game. As well as playing for the national team, Shabbir has worked in cricket administration before; she helped to organise the first provincial women™s team in Ontario and co-created the 2018 Canada Day Women™s Cup Tournament which put a spotlight on women™s talent around the country. Cricket Canada will also hope that her experience can translate to on-field results, with the team missing out on 2019™s Women™s T20 World Cup Qualifier after they were swept 3-0 by the USA at the Americas playoff.
The late Tony Opatha’s Netherlands connection
During that World Cup, Opatha was recruited by an Irish league side, and the following year he formed what would become a lifelong bond with the Netherlands, joining VOC Rotterdam as a player-coach for the 1980 season. He played for 5 seasons in Rotterdam, including three consecutive championship titles in 1982-84, and then joined Excelsior Schiedam. As the organiser of a 1983 rebel tour to South Africa, he received a life ban from Sri Lankan cricket. He went on to settle in the Netherlands.
Speaking to Emerging Cricket™s Rod Lyall, KNCB High Performance Manager and former national player Roland Lefebvre reflected on Opatha™s influence at VOC: “His arrival at VOC was during the time I changed from leg-spin to pace, and his classic action, accuracy and skill in moving the ball all became important elements of my game. Discipline was a very big thing for him: if you didn™t listen he would grab you by the ears and twist hard.”