Posted on November 20, 2018 at 5:03 pm
As all teams gear up for TVS EPL T20 2018, Pokhara Rhinos has announced its domestic squad, and have said are ready to take on their opponents in the highly awaited cricket tournament.
The team have retained 10 players from their previous year’s squad, and are confident will put up a stellar display in the upcoming tournament. Their first retention, Shakti Gauchan, a veteran bowler and a national cricketing legend will continue to be the team’s marquee player. Their domestic squad also features other national talents such as Binod Bhandari, Sunil Dhamala, Rajesh Pulami Magar, Sunil Dhamala and Sushan Bhari, players who have had an interesting year ranging from competitive local tournaments to career defining international ODIs spanning across the globe.
The team has also retained their young and rising talents – Kishore Mahato, Bikram Sob, Saurav Khanal and Bipin Khatri. These young talents throughout the year have played several age-group national tournaments, and are to watch out for. Rhinos’ last retention is Dev Shah, a Pokhara local and an exceptional ‘chinaman bowler’ who was selected via a rigorous talent hunt in 2017. Dev will enjoy a 3 year stint with the Rhinos, allowing him enough time to develop key skills required to pursue cricket as a career. Two domestic players, Shubhendu Pandey and Nandan Yadav have been added to the squad and are expected to further strengthen the team.
The principal sponsor of the team is Jagdamba E (Jagdamba Steels) and RiddhiSiddhi Cement. Their official sponsors are Leon Motors (Mitsubishi Nepal), Surya Life Insurance, Universal Tours and Travels Inspire (Menswear), Park Village Hotel (Hospitality Partner) and Nepal Sports (Digital and Media Partner). Their associate sponsors are Leon Motors (Travel Partner), Outdoor Adventure (Adventure Partner), House of Palettes (Recreation Partner), Whiteboard Ideas (Creative Partner), Aawaaj Media (Content Partner), Evoke Cafe & Bistro (Event Partner), Silver Lining (Event Planner) and Wishes etc online (Online Partner).
“Pokhara Rhinos optimism lies in the excellent teamwork exhibited by the players in the previous year, and we are confident the players with the right coaching can surpass their own abilities. With an interesting year in cricket for Nepal in general, our players are in absolute form. We look forward to the tournament, and cannot wait to play”, Mr. Shahil Agrawal (Founder, J4 Sports) has said.
Pokhara Rhinos is owned by J4 Sports and is a sports portfolio of Shanker Group, a leading business group in Nepal. The intention to establish J4 Sports was driven by a motive to promote sports and instill its benefits within all communities of Nepal. With the participation of Pokhara Rhinos in TVS EPLT20, and via other sports programs, J4 Sports are committed to promote sports in the nation. Additionally, in a bid to get the youth to ‘choose sports over drugs’, J4 Sports has reached out to various rehabilitation centers as well.
Pokhara Rhinos extend their gratefulness to Budhanilkantha School, Max Media and Shiprel Textile Private Limited. Furthermore, they have thanked the delegates in Pokhara for their kind hospitality and reserve their biggest thanks to their fans.