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Rise Of The Nepali Cricket Team

In recent years, the Nepali cricket team has made a name for itself internationally. The team has risen through the rankings while establishing an engaged fan base. The Nepali Cricket team rise is something to look forward to.

The team’s road toward glory has been long, but they continue to inspire and unite Nepalis with each victory. The Nepali cricket team’s climb from humble origins to global competition. It is all a tribute to their hard work, dedication, and love for the game. In the following article, we shall look at rise of the Nepali cricket team from the beginning to its place in the ACC Premier Cup. 

History

When the Rana Dynasty returned from their studies in England and India in the 1920s, cricket, a sport deeply rooted in English culture, went to Nepal. Despite its initial popularity among the Ranas, Cricket began to spread to the rest of Nepal’s population in 1951. The Ranas founded the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in 1946.

Nepal played its first international match against Bangladesh in the ACC Trophy on September 6, 1996. However,   Nepal fell short of the required runs and lost to Bangladesh. The International Cricket Council (ICC) designated Nepal as an affiliate member in 1988. The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) granted Nepal full membership in 1994.

Despite CAN’s political interference, which resulted in the ICC suspending them in 2016, Nepali cricket has grown in popularity lately. Nepal has emerged as a dark horse in age-group cricket, qualifying for six U19 World Cups since 2000 and defeating South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and England in U19 events.

Old Nepal Cricket Team

Global Fame

The International Cricket Council (ICC) granted Nepalese cricket the prestigious Twenty20 International (T20I) grouping in June 2014. However, Nepal lost its T20I status following a poor performance at the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, where they lost four of six matches, won one, and had one with no result.

Despite their on-field accomplishments, Nepal’s cricket administration stood by issues, leading to the departure of Pubudu Dassanayake. The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2016, resulting in a significant financial setback for Nepali cricket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) took over the management of Nepal’s fixtures and matches. Nepal got One Day International (ODI) status for the first time on March 15, 2018.

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2016, resulting in a significant financial setback for Nepali cricket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) took over the management of Nepal’s fixtures and matches. Nepal was given One Day International (ODI) status for the first time on March 15, 2018.

Nepal at match with Oman.

ACC Premier Cup

In April/May 2023, Nepal hosted the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup, the final qualification step for the 2023 Asia Cup event. The 10 associate teams competed in two venues, with the winner qualifying for the 2023 Asia Cup and the top three teams qualifying for the 2023 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.

Nepal defeated Malaysia, Oman, and Qatar in their group-stage matches, led by Kushal Malla and Sandeep Lamichhane. Rain delayed the cancellation of the game versus Saudi Arabia. Nepal got to the semifinals, where their match against Kuwait was postponed due to hail. It qualified for the final due to a higher group-stage finish.

 Nepal bowled out the United Arab Emirates for 117 runs in the final and chased down the score to win by seven wickets. Lalit Rajbanshi grabbed four wickets, while Gulsan Jha was named player of the match. With the victory, Nepal qualified for the first time for the 2023 Asia Cup, where they will face test giants India and Pakistan.

The squad who lead this winning glory are:

Rohit Paudel (C), Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif Sheikh, Gyanendra Malla, Kushal Malla, Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gulshan Jha, Karan KC, Sandeep Lamichhane, Bhim Sharki, Pratish GC, Lalit Rajbanshi.

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