Another sub-continental team gets ICC ODI status
Harare/Bhubaneswar: Joining the big boys from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Himalayan country Nepal has been given one-day international status from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Nepal achieved this feat after beating Papua New Guinea (PNG) at Old Hararians Sports Club in the ICC World Cup qualifiers on Thursday. Nepal grabbed the last remaining ODI status by leaving PNG and Hong Kong behind.
Skipper Paras Khadka as well as the entire team was delighted after Nepal got the ODI status for the first time in its cricket history.
Many former international cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate the tiny Himalayan nation for achieving this status.
Congrats Nepal on the ODI Status. What a great journey! https://t.co/ZnHcPd05LA
— Inzamam ul Haq (@InziTheLegend) March 15, 2018
??????? congratulations buddy to you and all the people of Nepal https://t.co/E4emWlTnIv
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 15, 2018
Congratulations to Nepal on getting the ODI status. Way to go lads. A historic day for your country.
— Mushtaq Ahmed (@Mushy_online) March 15, 2018
— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien113) March 15, 2018
Nepal has grown as a cricketing nation with the number of cricket lovers climbing up in the country.
Sandeep Lamichhane became the first player from Nepal to be bought by an IPL franchise when Delhi Daredevils bought him for INR 20 lakh during the auction earlier this year.
To the well wishers of Nepal Cricket : Its the “Result” of Years of “Hard Work” ! Years of “Patience” ! Hard work of many “Legends” and here we are now. A big proud day for all the people of Nepal??What a beautiful journey so far. Together its Possible. Nepal – An ODI Nation ! pic.twitter.com/Vvbp1go5yq
— Sandeep Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) March 15, 2018