ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier news November 10, 2013

Nepal hungry to reach the big league

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Nepal captain Paras Khadka has said his team is hungry to compete against Full Member nations, as they prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE and aim to seal their passage to the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Nepal is in Group B, along with Afghanistan, Netherlands, Scotland, Kenya, Bermuda, Denmark and Papua New Guinea. Khadka said his team had been focusing on fitness and skills in the lead-up to the competition, which begins on November 15.

"The boys have been working really hard for the last two months. We've also toured India, with a trip to Delhi for some practice games and that has helped the team gain some momentum ahead of the tournament," Khadka said. "Some of the newer players have come through our U-19 set-up, as well as the U-23 set-up. We have a balanced set-up, especially when it comes to our fast bowlers and spin bowlers. We have a couple of allrounders followed by a strong batting line-up, we've got it all there."

Nepal has not yet made it to a World Cup or World Twenty20 and Khadka said his team would strive to be able to play against the major teams. "It means everything to us, we want to be there as we have worked very hard to be here. We are hungry to get to the top and compete against the Full Members in the pinnacle of Twenty20 cricket.

"All the teams must have prepared really well so we cannot take any team lightly. Everyone wants to make it to the World Twenty20 so it will be really competitive, but we're ready for the challenge and we are looking forward to playing positively and concentrating on our strong points."

Nepal's first game is against Denmark on November 15.

Nepal: Paras Khadka (capt), Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Amrit Bhattarai, Mahesh Chhetri, Shakti Gauchan, Subash Khakurel, Avinash Karn, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma

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  • on November 17, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    good going guys... all the best (y)

  • newxend on November 17, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Paras You must have approve that we can play and perform well T20 at Bangladesh.

  • on November 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Well done Nepali guys. Best of luck for up comin games.

  • on November 17, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    nepal can do it.......!!!

  • on November 17, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    well done!! keep it up................

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Best wishes for the Nepali team.

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Best of Luck for all Nepalese player to select ICC World 20 qualifier.

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    you can do it ,"We have allrounders players followed by a strong batting line and hard work" as well Nepal Cricket Team always been lucky in T20/20, Best of luck from the big league.

  • on November 14, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Best of Luck our Nepali Cricket Team and Our All of cricket Player

  • on November 13, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    The format made for qualifying doesn't support the icc idea of globalization of cricket..With much hard work these associates team gets to qualifying stage and even when they qualify they again have to qualify for the main stage of the tournament beating the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ...I think it's unfair on the associate sides..rather than 2nd qualification the top 6 teams should have got to play the main stage of the tournament making the total of 16 teams in world to rather than 10..Also ICC wants to get cricket bigger in USA ..I don't know with this type of qualification USA will ever reach the main stage of the tournament..and without it cricket can never rise is USA ..same with other affiliates and associate teams....

  • on November 17, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    good going guys... all the best (y)

  • newxend on November 17, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Paras You must have approve that we can play and perform well T20 at Bangladesh.

  • on November 17, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Well done Nepali guys. Best of luck for up comin games.

  • on November 17, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    nepal can do it.......!!!

  • on November 17, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    well done!! keep it up................

  • on November 15, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Best wishes for the Nepali team.

  • on November 15, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Best of Luck for all Nepalese player to select ICC World 20 qualifier.

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    you can do it ,"We have allrounders players followed by a strong batting line and hard work" as well Nepal Cricket Team always been lucky in T20/20, Best of luck from the big league.

  • on November 14, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Best of Luck our Nepali Cricket Team and Our All of cricket Player

  • on November 13, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    The format made for qualifying doesn't support the icc idea of globalization of cricket..With much hard work these associates team gets to qualifying stage and even when they qualify they again have to qualify for the main stage of the tournament beating the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ...I think it's unfair on the associate sides..rather than 2nd qualification the top 6 teams should have got to play the main stage of the tournament making the total of 16 teams in world to rather than 10..Also ICC wants to get cricket bigger in USA ..I don't know with this type of qualification USA will ever reach the main stage of the tournament..and without it cricket can never rise is USA ..same with other affiliates and associate teams....

  • Roger.A. on November 13, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Completely understand the enthusiasm of fans from Nepal...but please do mention as World T20, and not world cup!

  • on November 13, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Definitely Nepali players will make whole nation proud by claiming the spot to the ICC World Twenty20 ....

  • Altruistic on November 13, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    @crazyworldthis!!!In another practise match Ireland lost to PNG... that do not suggest PNG is better team than Ireland.Nepal has very good chance of qualifying to T20 world cup 2014.Our team is good enough to get qualified for world t20 and we all nepalese supporters are hopeful that our team will fulfill our dream.

  • crazyworldthis on November 13, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Nepal already out of contention after loss to a weak side like USA. Ireland, Scotland, Netherland, Afghanistan, Canada, etc are very strong sides compared to USA. After seeing support of Nepalis, i thought they are good. Sadly, they are not

  • Anantas11 on November 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    This is the time to shine.....best of luck boys, make us proud!!

  • metallicababy on November 13, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Good wishes to Nepal and all the players. we've been waiting for ages for this moment to come, to see nepal playing the world cup. i've been a die hard fan of this game and what more than a happiest moment can it be to see nepal play against the some international players. Its time to show what you've got.

    all the best

  • on November 13, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Best of luck guys.. u guys will definitely enter the WC, we will pray for u guys....

  • on November 13, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    I want to see Nepan in World cup. Best of luck from Bangladesh

  • on November 13, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    best of luck our national heros

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Let's see what can you do, so show up what you are able to perform.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    best of luck paras bro and nepali team .........

  • on November 12, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    we gonna get into WC sure....

  • on November 12, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Best of Luck Guys.Lets cheer up all the members of Nepali cricket team. we will sure qualify for world T20 in Bangladesh.

  • on November 12, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    we r very exited for this moment.best up luck.Guys we will really play world T20 in Bangledesh this time .

  • on November 12, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    goodluck nepal!! we will reach the twenty twenty world cup !!

  • on November 12, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Best of Luck... guys... we hope you will qualify for T20 World Cup.......

  • on November 12, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    best of luck nepali team !

  • on November 12, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    thanks CRICKINFO.COM first for keeping the country in this group

    and nt this time n not only paras all the members as well as all the nepalse wants to see our team playing world

  • on November 12, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Best of luck guys..excited to cheer for Nepal

  • on November 12, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    against all odds i belive nepal gonna reach to the world t20... ayo gorkali

  • on November 12, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    First thanks to ESPNCRICINFO for starting this home page. this is one golden chance for Nepali players to prove their potentiality that now they are ready to combat with any cricketing nation and defeat them. Team work is very essential. Every player has to contribute in winning the game rather than relaying on single or couple of players. from ever since batting site has been seen as one of the weakest part of Nepali players. Hope that that course of history will not repeat this time. Next important aspect is in any condition they should not have to lose the confidence. Best of Luck for all the games. we have unquenchable thrust to hear winner result. plz donot make us disappoint this time.

  • on November 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    We will make it to the world cup.... Best of Luck.

  • on November 12, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Wanna c Nepal playing T20 world cup in Bangladesh this tym..All d best guys.hope we can have our own team to cheers..............

  • on November 12, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    best of luck guys.... we all know you guys will make us proud....

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    really excited... to watch winning our team Nepal...and hopefully qualify 4 the 20;20 world cup.... coundown start....15 nomember waiting .........

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Best of Luck guys.. I know you're the best......:)

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Best of luck guyz but improve batting because 97 runs in 19 over cannot help us to reach in world cup.

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I know u ll be the champion good luck guys

  • Arrowheaded on November 12, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    All The best. I know You guys can make it....

  • on November 12, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    good luck guyz "Act like champion Be champion"

  • n_pawan17 on November 12, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    best of luck.. we will make it to the world cup

  • on November 12, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    This is probably the only chance for Nepal to get qualified for an ICC event this year considering the fact that it is being played at U.A.E which traditionally suits our bowling and batting strength as we are from sub-continent. However, I am afraid that our preparation has not reached the level that we wanted. We have got decent bowlers, especially spinners and fielding has always been our strength, but I fear the most about our batting strength which has still not been tested and could struggle against quick bowlers of the opposition team. We need 3 or 4 specialist batters instead of some pinch hitters and allrounders. This tournament is as big a tournment for all of us. So, Go Nepal Go...........History needs to be written. Good luck !!!

  • on November 12, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    This tyme Nepal will hopefully create a history by defeating all the teams in the group and will participate in worldt20 with full confidience........................... good luck guys.....

  • on November 12, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    lets do it guys .......show the world what we have got....best of luck.......

  • on November 12, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    might not nepal won against afgan but always given huge challenge lastly we seen in emerging cup but netherland and scoctland are good team with an huge exprience of top level cricket but now nepal is ready to take challge against them .......best of luck nepal......

  • mesudip79 on November 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Great expectation from the young lads.... Go on guyz...

  • on November 11, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Best of luck guys....!

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    you guys are real nepalese...... you are the one who is carrying the pride of our nation ,.... plz dont let us and our country down at any cost.... show your opponent what nepalese people are able of..... best of luck

  • on November 11, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    We are proud of you.This season nepali players are really doing wonderful job as we see with indian club last month.Hope your such dedication can contribute Nepal to the world cup T-Twenty round. Best of luck !!! :)

  • on November 11, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    yes we will watch it but don't say that you people will beat Afghanistan , Afghanistan is the best in the world

  • nepalcricketlover on November 11, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    NEPAL team lineup seems really good Players look much in form as we have seen them playing in domestic circuit and some friendly against Delhi cricket Association teams in a short tour to India. Victoria's Chris Harris at the training camp with Nepalese Players had also added x factor to boost the team morale and players individually. Time has begun show/play/fight/ wid bat and ball war!up against the strong associates gorkhali's only dream to play in the Worldcup!! cant wait Excited

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    qualification is just a formality, we want Cup, come on Nepal

  • FazalMahmoodAli on November 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    without a doubt Nepal is a good team but they are not mature and one thing more that they are in a group where is much danger teams like Afghanistan, Netherlands and Scotland which shocked major teams like India, Pakistan, England .... i mean that it would be so difficult for Nepal to make it through the main battle best of luck to them!! Fazal Mahmood Ali from Afghanistan

  • on November 11, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Nepal future is in ur hand.best of luck ..we r wating .

  • on November 11, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    I am Indian .I want Nepal to emerge as another Asian giant Best of Luck Nepal Do well......................

  • kuikel2 on November 11, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    i hope nepal can make it through this time. Previous time they were 7th and this time they have 2 improved. With addition of two new pace bowler their side look balanced. And they have most valuable captain among associate. Paras and company can do it.

  • on November 11, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    My Country will win the all match on this tournament, i've proud to my country, our player they never lay down us. Best of Luck and my support always with Our NP team.

  • on November 11, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    My country, My pride ......... Best of luck... I believe that my country will top the group and win the tournament ....

  • on November 11, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Nepal can take a huge step forward and this tournament can be a great stage to prove it. What Nepal and some other Associate nations need now is a strong support from ICC to arrange tour among Associates and countries like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Hope the cricketing body would think about it soon...

  • Anantas11 on November 10, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    This time Nepal have a very good balance & they have good experience of playing at UAE.. Nepal will surely go through!!

  • on November 10, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    keep on win Paras Khadka (capt), Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Amrit Bhattarai, Mahesh Chhetri, Shakti Gauchan, Subash Khakurel, Avinash Karn, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Mandal, Jitendra Mukhiya, Sagar Pun, Basant Regmi, Sharad Vesawkar, Rahul Vishwakarma

  • on November 10, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Its now Nepal the Raising Power house in Cricket.Soon See u Playing T20 World cup.

  • on November 10, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    We're Sure Gonna Qualify For World Cup :)

  • on November 10, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Nepal is touch team to play. They are really famished playing to Int'l Teams. Good Luck Nepal. Come home with flying colors.

  • CrICkeeet on November 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Interest about cricket is spreading, but cant ICC see that? The silly format of the T20 WC is killing these teams' interest. Nepal might qualify, but then? Another qualifing round (dont call it 1st round) waiting 4 them, nd surely they cant make it over BAN, ZIM, IRE, AFG... but think, if its a 16 team World cup, these teams might get a huge oppurtunity.. nd surely that spread the interest of cricket so much..

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Good luck our heros :) Best of luck

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Come on Brave Gorkhalis we can do it and we can so the world that we also can play cricket like test nations.........

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Proud to be a Nepalese, Come on Nepal time to do something special that can erunite our nation once again. cricket will be the best way to make country proud and people happy. We all are rightly behind you we are praying to our god PashupatiNath so be confident and strong about your skill you can do it go for it make us proud.

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Wish you nepali team for sucess definetly this time Nepak Reach Qualify T20 ,Every one surprise nepal purformance great helf Coach and Captian This time definely sucess

  • on November 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    hoping to see our country play in wc...

  • kartcric on November 10, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Nepal is a very talented side with what i have seen so far.They played really well in the u-19 world cup.I hope they will get into the worldT-20.All the best!.

  • itsm3kanchu on November 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Go Nepal Go. Best of luck for Nepalese Team.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 10, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    A few years ago Nepal were looking like the next big thing in cricket, but the rise of Afghanistan and the continued success of Ireland seems to have removed them from the limelight. Maybe this is not such a bad thing, allowing them to develop quietly, although Nepal have not been managing great results over the last few years.

  • on November 10, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    i am sure that this time around Nepal will surely play world twenty twenty..

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  • on November 10, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    i am sure that this time around Nepal will surely play world twenty twenty..

  • CricketingStargazer on November 10, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    A few years ago Nepal were looking like the next big thing in cricket, but the rise of Afghanistan and the continued success of Ireland seems to have removed them from the limelight. Maybe this is not such a bad thing, allowing them to develop quietly, although Nepal have not been managing great results over the last few years.

  • itsm3kanchu on November 10, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Go Nepal Go. Best of luck for Nepalese Team.

  • kartcric on November 10, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Nepal is a very talented side with what i have seen so far.They played really well in the u-19 world cup.I hope they will get into the worldT-20.All the best!.

  • on November 10, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    hoping to see our country play in wc...

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Wish you nepali team for sucess definetly this time Nepak Reach Qualify T20 ,Every one surprise nepal purformance great helf Coach and Captian This time definely sucess

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Proud to be a Nepalese, Come on Nepal time to do something special that can erunite our nation once again. cricket will be the best way to make country proud and people happy. We all are rightly behind you we are praying to our god PashupatiNath so be confident and strong about your skill you can do it go for it make us proud.

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Come on Brave Gorkhalis we can do it and we can so the world that we also can play cricket like test nations.........

  • on November 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Good luck our heros :) Best of luck

  • CrICkeeet on November 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Interest about cricket is spreading, but cant ICC see that? The silly format of the T20 WC is killing these teams' interest. Nepal might qualify, but then? Another qualifing round (dont call it 1st round) waiting 4 them, nd surely they cant make it over BAN, ZIM, IRE, AFG... but think, if its a 16 team World cup, these teams might get a huge oppurtunity.. nd surely that spread the interest of cricket so much..