Nepal cricket team is all set to play its first ever One Day International as a part of a two-match series against the Netherlands.
Paras Khadka’s led Nepal side will be playing their first-ever 50-over game after being accorded ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this year.
While speaking about the historic debut, Nepal skipper told ICC,
This has been such a long, amazing journey for Nepal cricket but playing our first ever One-Day Internationals against the Netherlands is only the beginning.
“We have always wanted to get to this point but the challenge is to keep on growing. Eight years ago we were playing in ICC World Cricket League Division Five and now we are among the top 16 nations in the world, with ODI status guaranteed for the next four years,” he added.
Ahead of the game, fans are excited to see Nepal’s performance at the international level. Here are some of their tweets.
Best of luck
Nepal for first ODI ever against Nederlands #NepvsNed
— Bipin Koirala_ __ (@bipinCTID) August 1, 2018
— Sudin Pokharel (@SudinPokharel) August 1, 2018
— ___ ______ _____ (@kedarsharma087) August 1, 2018
— Jhabindra Bashyal (@mind_vacant) August 1, 2018
Nepal debuts today. What a moment for us to be able to see our team reach this level. U have made everyone proud. A fairytale roller coaster and a grand achievement. Well done Team Nepal. #paras77 #BinodDas #Pubudu #Sandeep #Shakti #Malla #ODIDebut #NepvsNed #LetsHaveFun #WeDidIt
— Arjun Khanal (@ArjunKhanal06) August 1, 2018
The first ODI between Nepal and Netherlands will start at 2: 30 pm IST. The live streaming of the match will be available at www.livebroadcast.nl
Nepal: Anil Sah, Gyanendra Malla, Paras Khadka(c), Subash Khakurel(w), Aarif Sheikh, Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee, Basant Regmi, KC Karan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sharad Vesawkar, Lalit Rajbanshi, Rohit Kumar, Shakti Gauchan, Lalit Bhandari
Netherlands: Max ODowd, Wesley Barresi(w), Stephan Myburgh, Daniel ter Braak, Michael Rippon, Scott Edwards, Bas de Leede, Pieter Seelaar(c), Hidde Overdijk, Shane Snater, Fred Klaassen, Ben Cooper, Paul van Meekeren