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Nepali Cricket Team – National Cricket Team

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Cricket is one of the famous games all over the world. Then and now, cricket has been able to connect people around the world. Games and sports are one of the oldest recreational activities all over the world. These days, Nepalese youths are showing more interest in sports activities and cricket is one of them. Here, let’s know more about the Nepali Cricket Team and promote the national cricket team as the pride of Nepal.

In simple terms, cricket is a game where 11 players from each team with bat and ball try to score as many as runs as possible following the specific rules. For now, let’s not go deeper into the rules of cricket or how to play cricket.

The history of cricket began in England, in the 16th century. Now, cricket is played globally beyond race, gender, age, and nation. In Nepal, too cricket is one of the popular and beloved games. Nepal enjoys all the domestic as well as the international cricket matches of Nepal.

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National Cricket Team Nepal

Cricket, one of the most loved games in Nepal, has re-united thousands of Nepalese all around the world. In Nepal, cricket was first introduced by the ruling dynasty in the 1920s. Back then, the Rana dynasty used to go to England or India for studies. At that time, only the insiders of the ruling dynasty used to play cricket for recreation. Later, they started some development programs; the establishment of the Cricket Association of Nepal in 1946 to promote cricket.

On 15 March 2018, Nepal gained One Day International (ODI) status for the first time. Again, it gained 20-20 International status, after winning the first play-off match in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. Nepal made its maiden appearance in the ICC global event at the 2014 ICC 20-20 World Cup held in Bangladesh.

Regulatory Bodies for Cricket in Nepal

Talking, about the regulatory bodies in Nepal, there are two bodies Cricket Association of Nepal and the Nepal Sports Council that regulate cricket in Nepal.

Cricket Association of Nepal

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Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is the official governing body of cricket in Nepal. In 1961, the Cricket Association of Nepal became a part of the National Sports Council.

CAN Central Committee members

PresidentChatur Bahadur Chand
Vice PresidentRaju Babu Shrestha
SecretaryAshok Nath Pyakuryal
TreasurerRoshan Kumar Singh
OtherExecutive members

Nepal Sports Council

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Another body that regulates cricket in Nepal is Nepal Sports Council. It is only a governmental authentic sports organization of Nepal. NSC has great contribution to develop and uplift Nepalese sports.

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Nepal Sports Council members

PatronHon. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuwa
ChairmanHon. Minister, Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Vice-chairmanMr. Siva Koirala (Jwala)
Member SecretoryMr. Ramesh Kumar Silwal
OtherBoard members and Executive members

These are the regulatory bodies of Nepal for regulating cricket in Nepal.

Nepal National Cricket Players

Cricket-one of the loved games in Nepal. Yes, definitely every age, gender, race enjoys the cricket game in Nepal. Nepal is a member of the International Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Council. Nepal is doing good and improving its game when we compare then and now. Now, let us look at the Nepal national cricket players male and female.

National players playing Male-tri-series under ICC CWC League-2, OMAN & 2 ODIs against Papua New Guinea:

Gyanendra Malla(captain)Dipendra Singh Aire (Vice-Captain)Kushal BhurtelAshif Seikh
Kushal MallaBinod Bhandari Karan KCSompal Kami
Aarif SheikhPawan SarrafAbinash BohoraRohit Poudel
Sharad BheswakarBikram SobGulshan JhaSandeep Lamichhane
Gulshan Jha

Team Officers

Head coachDev Whatmore
ManagerMohammed Daud Ansari
Technical analystRaman Siwakoti
PhysioBikram Neupane
TrainerRakesh Kashibhai Gohil

Male-Tri-Series Under ICC CWC League-2 Match Schedules:

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1st ODI, Al Amerat, Sep 7, 2021, Nepal v Papua New Guinea ODI Series
Result: Papua New Guinea 134 Nepal (39.3/50) 135/8: Nepal won by 2 wickets
2nd ODI (D/N), Al Amerat, Sep 10, 2021, Nepal v Papua New Guinea ODI Series
Result: Nepal 233 and Papua New Guinea (19.1/50, target 234) 82: Nepal won by 151 runs
37th Match (D/N), Al Amerat, Sep 13, 2021, 4:15 PM, Nepal VS the United States of America, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2
38th Match (D/N), Al Amerat, Sep 14, 2021, 4:15 PM, Oman VS Nepal ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2
40th Match (D/N), Al Amerat, Sep 17, 2021, 4:15 PM, Nepal VS the United States of America, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2
41st Match (D/N), Al Amerat, Sep 19, 2021, 4:15 PM, Oman VS Nepal, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2

These were all about the Male national cricket players. You can watch these matches on the Dish Home sports channel. Now, let’s know the national cricket, female players who are selected for the first phase of camp for Women World Cup Qualifier matches.

Female National Cricket players selected for the first phase of camp for Women World Cup Qualifier matches:

Rubina ChhetriKajol ShresthaIndu VarmaApsari BegamRoma ThapaSabnam Rai
Sangita Rai Saraswoti ChaudharyAnuradha ChaudharySuman KhatiwodaSaraswoti GMKanchan Shrestha
Rewati DhamiLaxmi SaudKabita JoshiKabita KunwarDali Bhatta Bindu Rawal
Mamata ChaudharySita Rana Magar Jyoti PandeyBinu Buda MagarKaruna BhandariSarita Magar

These are the female national cricket players. As this is not the final selection list of Women World Cup Qualifier matches, the selection process is going on to the final list.

Most Popular Cricketers of Nepali Cricket Team

For a team to win, the coaches and captains play a vital role along with all the team members. Some of the most popular cricket players have given a lot of contributions in many things to Cricket in Nepal. Moreover, they have played an important role in pushing up the Cricket of Nepal. Here, we have prepared the list of the most popular cricket players from the national cricket team.

Shakti Gauchhan

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Shakti Prasad Gauchan was born on April 22, 1984, Rupandehi, Nepal. He played for major teams such as Nepal, Jagdamba Giants, and, Region No. 4 Bhairahawa. He has a Right-hand bat, batting style, and Slow left-arm orthodox bowling style. He made his T20I debut on Hong Kong vs Nepal at Chittagong, Mar 16, 2014, and First-class debut in United Arab Emirates v Nepal at Sharjah, Mar 25-27, 2004.

Moreover, he had his List A debut on Nepal v United Arab Emirates at Rangiora, Jan 13, 2014, and Twenty20 debut  Hong Kong v Nepal at Dubai (CA2), Mar 13, 2012. In July 2018, he announced that he would retire from international cricket after the conclusion of the Netherlands tour. In August 2018, he retired after playing the first One Day Inning of the tour.

Paras Khadka

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Another legend we have in Nepal Cricket is Paras Khadka. He was born on October 24, 1987, in Nepal. Paras Khadka has a Right-hand bat, batting style, and Right-arm medium-fast, Right-arm off-break bowling style. He was an all-rounder. He played for the Nepal and Nepal Under-19 matches. Moreover, he also takes part in many domestic cricket leagues and championships of Nepal. He announced his retirement from international cricket in August 2021.

ODI MatchesDebut: the Netherlands v’s Nepal at Amstelveen – August 01, 2018
Last: Nepal v’s the U.S.A. at Kirtipur – February 12, 2020
T20I MatchesDebut: Nepal vs Hong Kong at Chattogram – March 16, 2014
Last: Thailand vs Nepal at Bangkok – March 04, 2020
FC MatchesDebut: Nepal vs Malaysia at Kirtipur – April 23 – 25, 2004
Last: Nepal vs Hong Kong at Kirtipur – April 30 – May 02, 2005
List A MatchesDebut: U.A.E. vs Nepal at Rangiora – January 13, 2014
Last: Nepal vs the U.S.A. at Kirtipur – February 12, 2020
T20 MatchesDebut: Nepal vs Hong Kong at ICCA 2 Dubai – March 13, 2012
Last: Thailand vs Nepal at Bangkok – March 04, 2020

These are the famous cricketers who have given so many winning titles in Nepal in international games.

In the end

Despite, the lack of infrastructure for cricket, Nepal cricket is growing. Infrastructures in Nepal are not enough for ranking up the Cricket in Nepal. However Gautam Buddha International Cricket stadium is in the phase of construction, hope this stadium will help boost cricket in Nepal. Moreover, many cricket academies are also growing in Nepal, these academies are also producing new rising cricketers in Nepal.

However, only with these few infrastructures, Cricket-one of the loved games in Nepal can’t progress. If there is support, plan, policies, investment, and better strategies from the government of Nepal to improve Nepal’s Cricket definitely Nepal can top its name in the field of cricket at a global level.

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