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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  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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?

  • fanedlive 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.

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

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

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

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

  • fanedlive 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

  • fanedlive 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.

  • fanedlive 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

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