February 27, 2010


'Biggest achievement for Nepal' - Khadka

Andrew McGlashan

Paras Khadka

I think today was the biggest achievement for Nepal cricket in the history of the game here. We’ve never won a tournament as a senior team and to win here and qualify for Division 4 is huge.

I was taken aback when USA decided to bat after they won the toss but after they had set a platform they were 150-odd for 2, then Rahul came on and completely changed the match. I think he bowled well to the field, and I think we took our best series of wickets during the Powerplay. I think perhaps the USA tried to slog the ball too much.

Today’s crowd was fantastic and their support really motivated us to do well. After yesterday where some individuals in the crowd had been a disappointment in their behaviour today’s set an example of what true Nepalese cricket fans should be.

We just had a crazy bus drive back from the ground – we get a police escort and the streets were lined with fans cheering and waving Nepalese flags – it’s something I never expected. I think tonight we’re definitely going to have a bit of a party! I think a team dinner is in order and then we’ll go out and celebrate the trophy and promotion.

This week has been an exciting one for me as captain and one that has made me proud to play for Nepal. The team has always had the talent but this time we’ve managed to break the jinx of not quite making it all the way. This is the first time the senior team has won and it feels really great.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my thoughts this week and hopefully I’ll be back on here again when we head to Division 4 in Italy this summer.


Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by sanyog khadka on (May 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT)

non test playing teams can be a lot better if icc provides bigger platform of cricket ...talents can rise from any part of the world....countries like nepal has got players of high calliber but they dont get opportunities

Posted by Ajay Ghimire on (March 15, 2011, 15:52 GMT)

Welldone Team Nepal!!!! keep the momemtum and hard work....we all want to see is Nepal Cricket progress.....all the best

Posted by Ceesor on (August 15, 2010, 9:14 GMT)

All of u gyes played well in practice match there @ italy' hopin u 'll crush others team' wishin the whole team best of luck' come back with WCLdiv4 title'' NEPAL!NEPAL!

Posted by Gaurav on (April 19, 2010, 14:44 GMT)

hey guys congrats to you all... its really nice to hear abt the victory after all its been a long time we have not had oppurtunity to celebrate..... my bad luck couldn't be there to watch the match.... anyway, hope you guys make the country proud again.... wish you boys the best.... cograts once again n jai nepal

Posted by skiller on (March 5, 2010, 1:49 GMT)

its a shame, nepali people sont respect the game at all riot is all they know, nepal is riot!

Posted by R Sivasubramaniam on (March 5, 2010, 0:42 GMT)

Proud Nepalis - shame on you to use your crowd to get into the Final. One thing is certain, there will be no crowd to help you in Italy, unless you export a few thousand. Those of you gloating over your promotion - you cheated and robbed Singapore! Remember that - one day it will come back and haunt you - but in the meantime, I hope the ICC has the guts to overturn the Technical committee's verdict and give Singapore its rightful place in Division 4. Nepal would not have been there without the crowd trouble.

Posted by Prabin Pradhan on (March 3, 2010, 11:11 GMT)

First of all, I would like to congratulate the Nepalese Team for winning their first major title.

But team management must think about the Opening Pair which is not clicking at all. Ofcourse, in the final Nepalese opener batted well but we need the opener who is reliable aswell as attacking who can create solid base for the middle order and Nepal must score atleast 250 in every game because we cannot only rely on our bowlers to win the matches. And Nepalese Team must also be mentally tough to win in pressure maches.

While taiking about div 5 Nepal is a deserving champion as Nepal defeated each and every opponent including "Singapore" but I felt bad for Singapore as they missed out narrowly. Nepal proved in the final that they deserve to qualify.

Best of luck for Nepalese Team for upcoming ACC Trophy and div 4.

Posted by Keshav Yadav on (March 2, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

U wil always be my role model....i felt so proud, infact I was able to walk keeping my head steady in USA after semi-final result...... Thanks Bro 4 making us so proud. Pashupati Nath ki Jaii... : )

Posted by symon Bhandari on (March 2, 2010, 13:47 GMT)

hey guyz well don for ur better perforamnc thn befor .we all neplese beliv tht u will definately enter in div.3 .div.2 n deserv for de world cup 2015.B.S veri veri bst wishes for comping close campaign n div.4 too.

Posted by P.Brown on (March 2, 2010, 12:17 GMT)

Well well well....... I hope the ICC find out the truth about the fiasco at the final. I aticipate their findings. It is quite clear that Sinagpore have been robbed of a deserved place in Div. 4

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Andrew McGlashan
Assistant Editor Andrew arrived at ESPNcricinfo via Manchester and Cape Town, after finding the assistant editor at a weak moment as he watched England's batting collapse in the Newlands Test. Andrew began his cricket writing as a freelance covering Lancashire during 2004 when they were relegated in the County Championship. In fact, they were top of the table when he began reporting on them but things went dramatically downhill. He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

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