UAE’s Mohammad Naveed set to play in Nepal’s T20 Everest Premier League

The 31-year-old is expected to put pen to paper on a deal with Bhairahawa Gladiators

Denzil Pinto 2018/08/17

UAE’s Mohammad Naveed is close to signing a deal to play in Nepal’s T20 Everest Premier League later this year.

The 31-year-old is set to sign a contract with Bhairahawa Gladiators, with an official announcement expected soon.

It will be the first time Naveed will be playing in Nepal and the pacer is looking forward to testing himself in the T20 competition.

“I am very close to signing the contract and it’s a tournament that I am looking forward to playing in. The Everest Premier League is a very good league which is growing and is attracting top internationals,” Naveed told Sport360.

Naveed will be playing in his second T20 overseas tournament in 2018 after playing three games for Toronto Nationals in June’s Global T20 Canada.

As well as that competition, Naveed also participated in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz where World T20 winner Darren Sammy was among this team-mates at Hung Hom JD Jaguars.

“It is great that I have been given another chance to play in a T20 league as I have played in the Global T20 Canada and Hong Kong Blitz tournaments. I have been playing very well in the last 18 months so that gives me confidence of doing well,” he said.

He is set to be the second UAE international to play in the event after Rohan Mustafa signed up for Kathmandu Kings XI in July.

The two were part of Toronto Nationals’ side in Canada in June and Naveed says it’s great that they will be part of another overseas T20 tournament.

“I am very happy that Rohan has signed up for the tournament as well because it shows that there is a lot of talent in the UAE national team,” he added.

“It’s a tournament that I can’t wait to play in and it’s one that I really want to do well in.”

This year’s Everest Premier League is likely to be held in late November with Naveed revealing he would have to miss “two or three” games if he is selected in the T10 League in Sharjah.

Naveed was part of the Bengal Tigers squad in last year’s edition and hopes to don the same jersey in the 2018 edition.

“I have spoken to the team management that I am very interested in playing for them,” he said. “They have a strong team and really enjoyed playing for them last year.”

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