Ever since he miraculously dug Nepal out of a hole against Canada in the 2018 ICC World Cricket League: Division 2, the stock of Karan KC has been on the rise. Once a bowler, he has often proven his credentials as an all-rounder. Perhaps in the 3rd edition of Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League we will see him add another bow in his quiver: that of a captain.
Karan has been signed by Biratnagar Kings as their Strategic Player and may go on to captain them unless the team management decides to appoint someone like Prithu Baskota, a former age level captain for Nepal. Regardless, it will be interesting to see what type of captain Karan will be should he lead the troops.
The team has firepower at the top with Hari Shankar Sah and Aasif Sheikh likely to open the batting. Whereas Prithu Baskota and Rajesh Pulami Magar are equipped to drop the anchor when needed. Kushal Bhurtel and Karan both can play the role of a finisher. Kings are one of the few teams to have multiple wicketkeeping options in Aasif Sheikh and Arjun Adhikari. Arjun, an admired keeper who made it to multiple national team camps in the past will be making a return in Nepali franchise cricket. The team also has youth in the mix in the form of Trit Raj Das and Suwash Ayer.
The bowling will be led by the pace of Karan and Kishor Mahato. All-rounder Amrit Gurung can enter the fray when needed. Spin twins Sushan Bhari and Samsad Sheikh bring guile and control to the side.
Last season, the Kings had recruited the firepower of Hong Kong’s Babar Hayat as one of the designated foreign players. Hayat was one of the more popular foreign player scoring 186 runs with an average of 37.20 and strike rate of 200. Similarly, Shubham Kamat was their second highest wicket taker with 6 scalps. The Kings will probably look forward to sign a batsman at the top of the order and a pace bowler as foreign recruits.
If Biratnagar Kings do appoint Karan as the captain, will be interesting to see if he instills and rubs off the self-belief and never say die attitude that he possesses in abundance to his side.