An Encyclopedia of Nepali Cricket

Thursday, August 15, 2013

While its neighbours dominated international cricket for decades, Nepal simply languished. But with recent international tournament victories, its cricket team is beginning to taste unprecedented success.
Historically, Nepal's performance in international sports has been poor, with only a few victories of note. However, its recent performance in international cricket has taken giant leaps, bringing joy and hope to Nepalis that they too, in near future, can be equated with other subcontinent stalwarts –India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Fans of Nepali Cricket watching cricket in TU Ground, Kirtipur

In the finals of the ICC World Cricket League Division Three in Bermuda in May, Nepal defeated Uganda by five wickets for the title – enabling the Himalayan country to advance to the Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2014 in New Zealand. The Qualifiers are a stepping stone to the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Nepal also won the 2012 Asia Cricket Council (ACC) Trophy Elite and finished runner-up at this year's ACC Twenty20 Cup.
"This is our biggest achievement in cricket to date. It has become a cause of euphoria for fans of Nepali cricket," Surya Thapaliya, advisor to the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), told Khabar South Asia.
"Finally, we have something to be proud of in sports," medical student Suvash Dawadi told Khabar. "I think Nepali cricket team had been playing well in the past. Now, we are finally seeing the results."
Assistant Coach Majur Alam Khan said the team is accomplishing things many never thought would be possible.
"It is like dreams being fulfilled. We have a great opportunity ahead of us. Our achievement has shown us that Nepal's dream of playing in the Cricket World Cup is not impossible, although the road ahead is quite challenging," he said.
Such progress is not an accident. "The achievements are a cumulative result of the past ten years of investment in Nepali cricket team since Coach Roy Das coached the players when they played in the junior team. The team has matured now," Thapaliya, the CAN advisor, said.
The victory brought a rain of rewards for the national team. The government rewarded Rs. 350,000 ($3,700) to each player and CAN awarded an additional Rs. 100,000 ($1,050). Additionally the United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN) [Maoist] gave Rs. 25,000 ($260) to each player and Nepali Congress gave Rs. 200,000 ($2,100) to the team.
On July 2nd, Nepal Foreign Employment Entrepreneurs Association celebrated the team's progress by rewarding it with Rs. 75,000 ($790) and a letter of appreciation.
The recognitions have motivated the players, but have also added more responsibility, said team member Sharad Vesawkar.
"No one can guarantee success in sports," he told Khabar. "But the Nepali cricket team is committed to give its 100% in the field. We are hopeful that we will perform well at the Qualifiers as well."
The group, Nepali Cricket Fans on Facebook, has swelled to more than 34,000 members with a boost from the recent success.
"We felt that concerned authorities were not doing enough for the development of cricket in Nepal. So, we formed the club to pressurize the authorities as well as support Nepali cricket team on our own," Nepali Cricket Fan Club Secretary Bhola Neupane told Khabar.
"We raised funds to buy a digital scoreboard and donated it to the Cricket Association of Nepal. We have also been regularly organising programmes where members of our national cricket team interact with fans as well as leaders of other fields," he said.
"We are also working to identify young talents in cricket from across the nation and bring them to the attention of the concerned authorities."
Copied from : Khabar South Asia By Surath Giri for Khabar South Asia in Kathmandu

Friday, August 9, 2013

Nepal National Cricket Team is now in Sri Lanka for the preparation of upcoming tournament Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup which is schedule to begin from 17th to 25th of August in Singapore. Eight teams from the Asian region of International Cricket Council are participating among them four teams are the Under-23 of Test Playing nations i.e. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In this tournament Nepal is pooled with India, Pakistan and all time rivalry Afghanistan.

Nepal National Cricket team touring Sri Lanka

Nepal team is now touring Sri Lanka for the preparation of ACC Emerging Teams Cup. Rainy weather had affected badly the training of players at home. They set off for Sri Lanka on 1st August. Two major player of the squad, vice captain Gyanendra Malla and bowler Basanta Regmi are now playing club cricket in Canada. They’re scheduled to join the team in Sri Lanka on 4th and 9th of August respectively. Nepal team will play four practice matches against Sri Lanka U-23 team which is the same team to represent Sri Lanka in ACC Emerging Teams Cup later and one game against North and East Combined Provincial team.
According to the head coach of Nepal national cricket team Pubudu Dasayanake, the fixtures of Sri Lanka tour is as follows :
  1. 7th Aug, Nepal  Vs SL U23 at the Bloomfield Grounds, Time: 10 am Local
  2. 8th Aug, Nepal Vs SL U23 at the NCC Grounds, Time: 10 am local
  3. 9th August, No Match – Rest Day
  4. 10th Aug, Nepal Vs SL U23 at Thurstan Grounds, Time: 10 am
  5. 11th Aug, Nepal Vs SL U23 at the NCC Grounds, Time: 10 am
  6. 12th August, No Match – Rest Day
  7. 13th Aug, Nepal Vs North East combine at the Moors Grounds Time: 10 am

Monday, July 29, 2013

The fixtures and pools for the ICC World T20 Qualifier have been finalized.  Nepal has pooled with the last years T20 qualifier runner-up, Afghanistan. Division 1 cricket heavy weights, Netherlands, Scotland and Kenya have also been pooled with Nepal with PNG, Bermuda & Denmark rounding off pool B. Pool A consists of current champions, Ireland and also features Division 1 teams in the likes of Namibia, Canada and hosts United Arab Emirates. The other four qualifying teams include Italy, Uganda, USA and Hong Kong.

The ICC has increased the number of teams able to qualify for the T20 World Cup from two teams to six teams. This increases the chances of all 16 teams vying for the six spots to travel to the T20 World Cup to be staged in Bangladesh in 2014.Nepal has defeated Papua New Guinea, Kenya and Denmark in the last edition of the T20 World Cup Qaulifiers. Nepal has finished 7th in the last qualifiers held last year (2012) after finishing 5th in their pool to miss out on the qualifying stage.

They play two warm up matches against fierce rivals USA and UAE.
This will be the Nepal's trip to Dubai, UAE.

ICC World T20 Qualifiers Fixtures:

Warm Up Matches:
November 12 : Vs UAE ( Global Cricket Academy 2, Dubai)
November 13 : Vs USA ( Abu Dhabi Oval 2)

Tournaments Matches
November 15 : Vs Denmark (GCA2)
November 16 : Vs Kenya (GCA2)
November 18 : Vs Scotland (GCA2)
November 19 : Vs Papua New Guinea (Sharjah)
November 20 : Vs Netherland (Sharjah)
November 22 : Vs Afghanistan (Sharjah)
November 23 : Vs Bermuda (GCA1)