ICC World Cricket League Division Five February 20, 2010

'I didn't expect such a big crowd'

Paras Khadka, Nepal
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Paras Khadka, Nepal

Last night we had the opening ceremony for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 here in Nepal and what was really great was that the prime minister of Nepal came to open the event and it was great to hear him speak so positively of cricket and his hopes for Nepal in the tournament.

Today has been good but I feel, as a side, we need to improve our intensity and show a bit more energy and we could do wonders. I am not saying that I am not happy with our win over Jersey – we batted and bowled well but there are always ways to improve our game.

I didn’t expect to have such a big crowd at the game as the Army Ground is a fair distance outside Kathmandu but to have over 1000 people there cheering our names, every four, and giving us support was fantastic. We normally get good crowds in Nepal and it’s something that we live for as players to hear our nation’s people cheering us on.

Looking ahead to tomorrow – we know Singapore as a side but we played them at Twenty20 and this is a different format. You have to take every opponent seriously and Singapore are definitely a good side since they qualified as Division 6 winners and we just have to take each game as it comes and give it our all.

Finally to win the Man of the Match today was a good a feeling. I always wanted to lead by example and I would like us to consistently get the runs and wickets - and if I lead the way I hope my team will follow and we will continue to be a side to reckoned with.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sunny maharjan on March 2, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    congrats paras for the victory over usa bt the batiing has been poor which is main problem of Nepal,so it should improve batting as come to point in bowling no words for itttttt

  • shagun Neupane on March 1, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    It is a bright shine in cricket for Nepal but it is not enough in cricket because we have to go another long long way for that Nepali should improve in bat also in bowlig.I think that our Nepali oppenig batsman not doing better.so we must improve in bat.

  • shagun Neupane on March 1, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    It is a bright shine in cricket for Nepal but it is not enough in cricket because we have to go another long long way for that Nepali should improve in bat also in bowlig.I think that our Nepali oppenig batsman not doing better.so we must improve in bat.

  • nrayaan dotel on February 25, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Baharain today. Keep up the good work and make sure complacency does not creep in. Spinning department looks the most lethal one in comparison to other teams. The only problem I have seen is opening pair. For the 3rd time it has failed. So now, it is better some reshuffling is done and have a new opening pair for game against FIJI tomorrow. I foresee it is going to be a grand finale between USA and Nepal. Considering this fact, Nepal's last game against USA should give enough opportunity to know their game and be prepared for the Grand Finale. However, I know you will try to win each and every game and are capable of. All cricket Nepali cricket aficionados' good wishes are with an i wish roydais an awor team thanku?

  • sudan b.k. on February 25, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    awesome guyssssss.well done skippie paras..keep it up guys..we r not far away from the task..just see how afghanistan had done.we can do the same n personally being a fren of basanta regmi would like to congrates for his allround performance..n to mahesh also..i love nepali cricket.

  • bhakta on February 24, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    welldone and congrat for keep sit in world cup cricet in2017 again congrat for nepal

  • sanjay on February 24, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    waiting 4 the nepal's step in world cup.all iz well.

  • subash khatiwada on February 24, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    hey guys don't think you do a lot becaused there's long way to go by you and our cricket/ wining one or two match is not great for Nepali cricket we want to established our-self in international arena so we want to do lot more yes its a positive vibes buts its not our aim our ami is playing ODI and test match reguraly and .......so never think you done its just beginning so try to paly some fine cricket

  • Suson on February 23, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    August is not so far and div 5 victory is just inches away. Grab it and make us proud. Hats off to our spinners and of course to ur captaincy.

  • Surya Thapaliya on February 23, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    yea, definately...Nepal when playing at home ground its worth a sight....and there is no dearth of enthusiastic and die hard fans who can get quite vocal in their support....and i am sure Div 4 in Italy is beckoning....we will be there in August

  • sunny maharjan on March 2, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    congrats paras for the victory over usa bt the batiing has been poor which is main problem of Nepal,so it should improve batting as come to point in bowling no words for itttttt

  • shagun Neupane on March 1, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    It is a bright shine in cricket for Nepal but it is not enough in cricket because we have to go another long long way for that Nepali should improve in bat also in bowlig.I think that our Nepali oppenig batsman not doing better.so we must improve in bat.

  • shagun Neupane on March 1, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    It is a bright shine in cricket for Nepal but it is not enough in cricket because we have to go another long long way for that Nepali should improve in bat also in bowlig.I think that our Nepali oppenig batsman not doing better.so we must improve in bat.

  • nrayaan dotel on February 25, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Baharain today. Keep up the good work and make sure complacency does not creep in. Spinning department looks the most lethal one in comparison to other teams. The only problem I have seen is opening pair. For the 3rd time it has failed. So now, it is better some reshuffling is done and have a new opening pair for game against FIJI tomorrow. I foresee it is going to be a grand finale between USA and Nepal. Considering this fact, Nepal's last game against USA should give enough opportunity to know their game and be prepared for the Grand Finale. However, I know you will try to win each and every game and are capable of. All cricket Nepali cricket aficionados' good wishes are with an i wish roydais an awor team thanku?

  • sudan b.k. on February 25, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    awesome guyssssss.well done skippie paras..keep it up guys..we r not far away from the task..just see how afghanistan had done.we can do the same n personally being a fren of basanta regmi would like to congrates for his allround performance..n to mahesh also..i love nepali cricket.

  • bhakta on February 24, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    welldone and congrat for keep sit in world cup cricet in2017 again congrat for nepal

  • sanjay on February 24, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    waiting 4 the nepal's step in world cup.all iz well.

  • subash khatiwada on February 24, 2010, 3:01 GMT

    hey guys don't think you do a lot becaused there's long way to go by you and our cricket/ wining one or two match is not great for Nepali cricket we want to established our-self in international arena so we want to do lot more yes its a positive vibes buts its not our aim our ami is playing ODI and test match reguraly and .......so never think you done its just beginning so try to paly some fine cricket

  • Suson on February 23, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    August is not so far and div 5 victory is just inches away. Grab it and make us proud. Hats off to our spinners and of course to ur captaincy.

  • Surya Thapaliya on February 23, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    yea, definately...Nepal when playing at home ground its worth a sight....and there is no dearth of enthusiastic and die hard fans who can get quite vocal in their support....and i am sure Div 4 in Italy is beckoning....we will be there in August

  • Mahesh Thapa on February 23, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Well done Paras. Keep up the good work. Never say die until the game is over. You guys need to work hard on batting. We nepalese look forward to see our national team play in the world cup. Wish you and your team a very good luck.

  • krishnaoli on February 23, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    what a great innings by paras . you played great innings today and hope that all players guys must learn one thing do always possitive and play allwasy attractive shots i support nepali bolling department always strengt.

  • krishnaoli on February 23, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    what a great innings by paras we need more paras for qualify in world cup cricket

  • Sanjeev Lama on February 23, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Fantabulous performance in the opening game and gem of an innings against Baharain today. Keep up the good work and make sure complacency does not creep in. Spinning department looks the most lethal one in comparison to other teams. The only problem I have seen is opening pair. For the 3rd time it has failed. So now, it is better some reshuffling is done and have a new opening pair for game against FIJI tomorrow. I foresee it is going to be a grand finale between USA and Nepal. Considering this fact, Nepal's last game against USA should give enough opportunity to know their game and be prepared for the Grand Finale. However, I know you will try to win each and every game and are capable of. All cricket Nepali cricket aficionados' good wishes are with you to accomplish the mission.

  • Satish on February 23, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    it's a great pleasure to hear good news abt the Nepali Cricket.... keep it up guys...

  • Ayush Acharya on February 23, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Hope we will see Nepal in 2015 World Cup....

  • Abinash on February 23, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Good Luck Paras for the remaining match. Well Done

  • Paritosh on February 23, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Great going but again we saw a problem with batting in a match with Singapore..If the problem persist, it'll be hard against a match with USA. Openers are not delivering and thats a big problem because a player like Mehbub Alam when in form can be a match winner...So we should work very hard in our batting..I hope we'll bat brilliantly against Bahrain...Best of luck for match with Bahrain..

  • Deep Rana on February 23, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    come Nepal we can do it. good luck 4 ur next game.

  • surendra shrama on February 23, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    well done guys.keep da good run continuing,do some extra efford on batting and there is no worries left coz we know that our team is master on bowling and fielding and that day is not far away when we wil be receiving world cup trophy.

  • raj on February 23, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    well done to nepalese cricketor. keep it up .

  • raw on February 23, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Go Nepal! Nepalese players have the capability. They just need to get a good bowling machine so that they can improve their batting.

  • Sheikh Farooq on February 22, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Great to see a new talent coming towards the international cricket. Good Luck to Nepal. A Cricket Fan from Pakistan.

  • Dipesh on February 22, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    What a match against singapore!!!...guys keep ur temperment cool n build up ur confident on BAATINN..G.Hoping to see World cup trophy on Nepalese soil...

  • Dimash Amatya on February 22, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Bravo!!!!I'm confident that we will move up to the Division 4 as the winner of the Division 5. With regard to the supporters, there are more than millions of cricket lovers who would love to see Nepal competing in the World Cup tournament. The days are not far.

  • Ankur on February 22, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Proud of you guys. I am waiting to see Nepal in the World Cup one day.

  • Bibek Pokharel on February 22, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Its always a pleasure to be on the stand as Nepal plays and wins. Yeah!! We have talent but somewhere deep down in my heart I feel that we still lack the match temperament...You are very true about the exposure..hope the PM have something in his mind about it as he speaks so sweet about Nepalese cricket ... :) Cheers...!! Good Luck...!!!

  • tribhuwan tiwari on February 22, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Wonderful ....we are right behind you.everytime you decide for the team feel that we are right behind you.we love our team the most and you are always our role model.please win the trophy and display the character we preserved and glorify our country.

  • Vinicius Bonizzoni on February 22, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Let's go Nepal. If Afghanistan did a run last 2 years,you sure can do the same.

  • prakash sharma on February 21, 2010, 22:28 GMT

    Good and positive things can come out of anywhere and NEPAL is one very country with lot of positiveness. I have seen australia, india, south africa, pakistan all developing juniors and play a big role converting them into seniors with a very good initiatives. Nepal is one hell of a good country producing best juniors and lacks converting the talants. Could be the government not supporting these local talants and sports that these youngsters rather choose other profession as cricket or sports in whole can't earn them bread and butter.

    All we can expect from nepal is a good sport and whatever comes along is the icing topping on the cake. All the best for all the players and well wishers of nepali cricket.

  • Bishnu Bhushal on February 21, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Paras winning always count and congratulation,Paras we nepalese are deprived of winning ways by our authorities cause they don't provide us with the best needed monetory confidence, If they alteast make the criketers of our nation make bread and butter in country and little bit of bonuses, i guess the only hopeful sport of nation can flurish and i can't see when we can't beat our south asian counterparts and beat them hard. Paras u have the oppurtunity to lead our nation and we are really proud of you and confident that one day you will inspire our youth of the nation who are always looking for oppurtunity to win big,although has begun late but we can see the future as the cricketing nation. Not only about thausand of neplese cheering but we as a whole nation support you and salute you. Go Neplese Go.

  • nAyAn on February 21, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Long way to go & more hard work to do.

  • Pratik on February 21, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    nice captaincy in the singapore game!!!!spinners did the trick!!!

  • Swatantra Baral on February 21, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    way to go Nepal...keep up the good work.

  • Shahid, Pakistan on February 21, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    Good Luck Nepal. We are waiting for you people to start doing magics of Sirilanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. It's gonna be a no. 1 south Asian game just as the game is goining to become a major sport in due time. We in Pakistan always follow your progress with interest.

  • Asim Suvedi, Freelance Cricket Commentator, Nepal on February 21, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Going great boy !!!!!

  • nirakar on February 21, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    bowling and fielding is not a problem for nepal . but batting is a seroius problem for nepal .so pls improve batting

  • krishnaoli on February 21, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Nepali cricket is really improving other than Nepali sports. so for cricket is in penal a good future and this type of activities can help more improve or shows positive sign i think we need more support from our all business.

  • Ius on February 21, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Well done Nepal!!! It was a good victory against Singapore today.

  • Abhishekh on February 21, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    Good Job! Congratulations for the second game as well. Hope you try some mix of fast and spin bowling in the upcoming games. That would definetely be a nice blend to see. Good Luck for rest of the games. Wanna see Nepal at the top.

  • kalyan on February 21, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    haha, good job, like the way you won against singapore as well, c'mon bahrain next, beat them up.

  • Nepal Admirer on February 21, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Well done Paras...Congrats for the win...I am sure your team has the capability to win all matches..Having seen your boys play from close quarters in the past it is only expected that you top the division...Keep it up.

  • subash Aryal on February 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Great victory from Nepal gave some confidence for Nepali supporter.we hope that this time we are surely going to win the title.Best of luck Nepal, go ahead every Nepalese are behind you.

  • laxmi nath adhikari on February 21, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    congrats to all nepali players and the captain khadka.keep on winning the matches.World cup won't be far from us.Avoid extras as well.

  • laxmi nath adhikari on February 21, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    congrats to all nepali players and the captain khadka.keep on winning the matches.World cup won't be far from us.Avoid extras as well.

  • chiranjivi Dahal on February 21, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    lets cheers for Nepal.....hope to get a chance for world cup this time...

  • Bikash on February 21, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Gr8 performance overall. Best of luck Nepal for d further matches

  • TheIndian on February 21, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Its really nice to see Nepal doing well...as an Asian .. i wanna see more teams from this region ...we already have seen competitive Afghanistan ..Best Luck you and Nepal keep winning...after couple of year we can see 6 0r 7 teams fighting for Asian Championship...All the best

  • Bishwas Hamal on February 20, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Great goin Nepal, I always think we are underestimated in division 5, Im sure even division 4 teams will be easily hammered by us. We just need to concentrate on batting. All the best guys.

  • raj on February 20, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Nepalese player had done good job. We Nepalese are very happy. Let's fulfil our dream to play 2015 world cup. Best of luck

  • Mohammed Aashiq Ali on February 20, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Gud to watch todays match fist time in life and i got a real talent on our national team. I was sacared at first that Nepal batting line up is not good and its big enough to chase 175 but when Sakti Gauchan and U gave a partnership then i got hope and shouted at every shot batsmen plays. I am coming to 2marrows match also hope NEpal will win. Captain as "Anurag Acharya" said Mission world cup will be accompliced. Any way gud effort from the team of Nepal and hope not to see too many extras 2marrow captain ok..

  • Raj from Boston, USA on February 20, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    It would be great to see Nepal in the world cup some time in the future. Afghanistan has shown that team with fierce determination can achieve what they want. So wish you all the best and keep working hard.

  • Ben Simkhada on February 20, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Winning over the last years' runner-up is an achievement on its own. Nepalese batsmen have always failed in bigger tournaments but they have stepped up to their expectations. The speech from Nepalese Premier was great to hear. Hope he will take steps to help these athletes/sports . Best of luck !!

  • Gaurab Bista on February 20, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    well done guys.......keep up the spirit !!!! Thumps up to you all.

  • Anurag Acharya on February 20, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Great going skipper! We are going to make it to the World Cup this time. We have the talent, I know it. You can lead us to it. But we definitely need to better our batting, and be more disciplined while bowling. Today, we gave 26 extras, which is just too much! So let us work hard, play good cricket and beat them all. Mission World Cup will be accomplished!

  • John on February 20, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Great to see Nepal winning match. Good luck Paras and good luck Nepal. All the best for whole tournament. come out as a winner.

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  • John on February 20, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    Great to see Nepal winning match. Good luck Paras and good luck Nepal. All the best for whole tournament. come out as a winner.

  • Anurag Acharya on February 20, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Great going skipper! We are going to make it to the World Cup this time. We have the talent, I know it. You can lead us to it. But we definitely need to better our batting, and be more disciplined while bowling. Today, we gave 26 extras, which is just too much! So let us work hard, play good cricket and beat them all. Mission World Cup will be accomplished!

  • Gaurab Bista on February 20, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    well done guys.......keep up the spirit !!!! Thumps up to you all.

  • Ben Simkhada on February 20, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Winning over the last years' runner-up is an achievement on its own. Nepalese batsmen have always failed in bigger tournaments but they have stepped up to their expectations. The speech from Nepalese Premier was great to hear. Hope he will take steps to help these athletes/sports . Best of luck !!

  • Raj from Boston, USA on February 20, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    It would be great to see Nepal in the world cup some time in the future. Afghanistan has shown that team with fierce determination can achieve what they want. So wish you all the best and keep working hard.

  • Mohammed Aashiq Ali on February 20, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Gud to watch todays match fist time in life and i got a real talent on our national team. I was sacared at first that Nepal batting line up is not good and its big enough to chase 175 but when Sakti Gauchan and U gave a partnership then i got hope and shouted at every shot batsmen plays. I am coming to 2marrows match also hope NEpal will win. Captain as "Anurag Acharya" said Mission world cup will be accompliced. Any way gud effort from the team of Nepal and hope not to see too many extras 2marrow captain ok..

  • raj on February 20, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Nepalese player had done good job. We Nepalese are very happy. Let's fulfil our dream to play 2015 world cup. Best of luck

  • Bishwas Hamal on February 20, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Great goin Nepal, I always think we are underestimated in division 5, Im sure even division 4 teams will be easily hammered by us. We just need to concentrate on batting. All the best guys.

  • TheIndian on February 21, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Its really nice to see Nepal doing well...as an Asian .. i wanna see more teams from this region ...we already have seen competitive Afghanistan ..Best Luck you and Nepal keep winning...after couple of year we can see 6 0r 7 teams fighting for Asian Championship...All the best

  • Bikash on February 21, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Gr8 performance overall. Best of luck Nepal for d further matches