Nepali National Cricket Team posing for a photo upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport from Zimbabwe on Monday. (Bijay Gajmer/Republica)
KATHMANDU, March 19: Nepali National Cricket Team has arrived home from Zimbabwe on Monday, after playing ICC World Cup Qualifiers.
Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bishwokarma, National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshab Bista, Secretary at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mahesh Prasad Dahal, office bearers and fans reached the TIA to receive the cricket team.
Talking to journalists, Skipper Paras Khadka said, “We are happy to return home with One Day International (ODI) Status. We should now institutionalize the achievements made so far in the sector of cricket.”
Similarly, Khadka has also urged the concerned stakeholders to resolve the disputes seen in the Cricket Association of Nepal and build infrastructure for domestic cricket matches.
In an historic turn of events for Nepali cricket, the Nepal team earned One-Day-International (ODI) status under the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the first time since Nepal was recognized as an Associate Nation by the apex global cricketing body in 1996.
Nepal has been awarded the ODI status for a four-year period until the next World Cup qualifiers. All Nepali players playing the first ODI will be making their debuts. Nepal will also get an opportunity to participate in the much coveted ICC Inter-continental Cup, a marquee four-day event outside the Test world contested by nations with ODI status only.