Nepal is all set for new journey of One-Day International (ODI) with its first appearance against the Netherlands today at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen, the Netherlands.
Nepal finished eighth in the 10-team ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March to secure one of the two berths for the ODI status for four years. The Netherlands grabbed the other berth as the ODI nations expanded to 16 teams. The moment has finally arrived for Nepal’s national cricket team that had long craved for the elusive status — for 22 years — after the country became an Associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1996. Nepal came close in 2001 and 2014 but it was only 2018, in Zimbabwe, when the country made that massive leap to becoming an ODI nation.
Nepal national cricket team Paras Khadka said, “The ODI is just the beginning.”
Nepal SQUAD: Paras Khadka (c), Dipendra Singh Airee, Lalit Bhandari, Shakti Gauchan, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Subash Khakurel (w/k), Sandeep Lamichhane, Gyanendra Malla, Rohit Poudel, Lalit Rajbanshi, Basant Regmi, Anil Sah, Aarif Sheikh, Sharad Vesawkar
Netherlands SQUAD: Pieter Seelaar (c), Wesley Barresi, Dan ter Braak, Ben Cooper, Scott Edwards, Frederick Klaassen, Bas De Leede, Paul van Meekeren, Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Hidde Overdijk, Shane Snater, Michael Rippon