Nepal cricket

A tale of hard work, fate and tears

Nepal's players recount their ongoing journey through the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE, and express what it means to have made it to the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh

Nagraj Gollapudi

November 28, 2013

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Sharad Vesawkar smashed three sixes in six balls, Kenya v Nepal, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Group B, Dubai, November 16, 2013
Sharad Vesawkar was instrumental in helping Nepal realise their dream © ICC/Getty
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On November 16, Nepal were chasing 183 against Kenya, who were favourites to win the Group B encounter in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai. They needed 17 runs off the final over. In the middle were the captain, Paras Khadka, and Sharad Vesawkar. As soon as the tall Vesawkar hit the first of three sixes to win the match, his team-mate Sagar Pun began to cry. Pun, a 20-year-old batsman, was padded up because he was the next man in, and he cried louder as Vesawkar took Nepal closer to the target.

"Matches like these only bring the emotions out easily. Imagine if a wicket had fallen and he [Pun] was the next man in, what might have happened," Khadka tells ESPNcricinfo from Abu Dhabi with a chuckle, explaining Pun's reaction.

"Everybody was so keen. Everybody was pushing themselves. Every one of us believes in fate. Every one of us believes in God."

According to Khadka, his players have worked "double" the amount they usually do, for this tournament. "The belief was always there. But in the T20 format you just never know which way the game can swing," he says. "There is no substitute for hard work, even if it might take time. Three years ago, four years ago, five years ago if anyone had asked us, do you want to play a World Cup, our answer would have been - maybe yes. But how do we go about it?"

On Wednesday afternoon, in the dry heat of Abu Dhabi, Vesawkar and Khadka found themselves in the middle once again, with Nepal's fate in the balance. In the quarter-final against Hong Kong, with a spot in the World Twenty20 at stake, Nepal needed 26 off the last two overs. With 10 balls to go, Khadka attempted a risky second run and was dismissed. Nepal now needed 13 off the final over, from medium-pacer Haseeb Amjad. Vesawkar started the over with a straight six and then bottom-edged the next ball to the fine-leg boundary. With one ball to go and scores level, all the Hong Kong fielders were inside the circle. Vesawkar's powerful off drive pierced the field to deliver the most important victory in the Affiliate nation's history. Nepal had qualified for the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Nepal's journey through the tournament in the UAE had been tense. They might not even have made it to the knockouts, if not for a fractionally superior run rate to Scotland. At the end of the group stage, Nepal and Scotland were level on eight points. They were separated only by a net run rate calculated to the fourth decimal: Scotland had 0.3792, while Nepal had 0.3794. "I do not know how they calculated, but we had the belief. We had the hunger," Khadka says, still unable to comprehend what his team achieved.

Vesawkar confesses that the significance of their performance has not "sunk in" completely because it has been a long-cherished dream, and now that they are there it feels almost unreal. "It is the proudest moment of our lives," he says. "We wanted to play a World Cup. It was a dream for us. Finally it has come true."

Vesawkar started following cricket when he was eight, after watching Sachin Tendulkar during the 1996 World Cup. "Sachin inspired me," Vesawkar says, recollecting the days spent playing street cricket with tennis balls. He is happy he chased that dream.

"We had no other choice other than going for it," Vesawkar says about the final over against Kenya. "Yesterday [against Hong Kong] was very important to us because it was a do-or-die match and we had to qualify for the World Cup. There is so much [of a] following back home and the expectations were really high. The Kenya game was equally important, since the tournament could have gone either way, but I still feel the Hong Kong match had more importance."

In May this year, Nepal won the ICC World Cricket League Division Three title, beating Uganda in the final. It was Vesawakar who hit the winning runs, completing a half-century in the process. Nepal had lost their first two group matches but won all the rest to claim the title. It was their biggest win at the time.

According to Khadka, Nepal's Sri Lankan coach Pubudu Dassanayake has "transformed" the team's progress and development. "The introduction of our coach transformed everything. It has been the same team, same players, but everyone has risen to the task."

During the match against Hong Kong, Dassanayake, who joined Nepal after leaving the Canada job following the 2011 World Cup, remained confident, though he feared his batsmen had left themselves too many to get in the final over. "That was the only hiccup," he says. "But we had already been involved in last-over games."


Paras Khadka smashes one down the ground, Hong Kong v Nepal, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, quarter-final, Abu Dhabi, November 27, 2013
Paras Khadka: "Every one of us believes in fate. Every one of us believes in God" © ICC
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Nations like Nepal struggle for proper cricket infrastructure and resources. To prepare for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, they travelled to Delhi in October to play practice matches. Amit Mathur, the former BCCI administrator and currently consultant with the Delhi Daredevils, helped organise the travel and practice games. "Six months ago we went to Bharatnagar Cricket Academy, where we were smashed by a couple of teams," Dassanayake says. "This time when we were there we had victories against Under-25 sides from Railways and Delhi District Cricket Association. That provided a shot of confidence and showed us how much we had improved."

Dassanayake says the dedication of Nepal cricketers must be admired, for most of them rely on their board for basic needs, including their kit. "The Nepal Cricket Association provided a kit to each of the 15 players. The players give their full time to cricket but they do not benefit financially." When Khadka, a former small-time school and college-level coach, says the players "have dedicated" themselves to cricket "full time," you realise how much they love the sport.

The ICC played its part too, by promoting cricket in Nepal and providing exposure to players. Dassanayake thinks that in a few years Nepal will be on par with Associates like Ireland and Netherlands. "This is beginning of another level but we have to do a lot of hard work," he says.

For Dassanayake, it is satisfying that Nepal have played the same brand of cricket in victory and defeat. "When we lost to Afghanistan in a seven-over rain-affected match, we had been confident we could beat them and hence were upset. But we played good cricket and stuck to our plans in front of strong crowd support for both sides." On Friday, Nepal face Afghanistan again in the semi-finals of the tournament. Vesawkar wants to beat the arch-rivals, another long-standing desire, but for now he cannot forget the crowd that gathered at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium to infuse the team with energy.

After the victory against Hong Kong, as Khadka and his men sang the patriotic anthem "Rato Ra Chandra Surya", the crowd joined the chorus to make the moment that much more special. "It is almost like a festival back home. There have been rallies, candle-light functions and such from the moment we qualified," Khadka says. "Our home minister called us to congratulate the team. People are very excited. As a country we have been waiting for something to unite us. I think cricket has become the unifying factor."

When Khadka got out against Hong Kong, he saw Pun crying once again. This time, even Khadka was counting prayer beads in his mind. "It was crazy. When I was batting I was in the zone. You work so hard all your life and it is right there in front you. And then I got out with 10 balls left." Khadka recollects the moment. He had removed his helmet and gloves but he did not sit down. "I was standing there and praying. Please, please, God, you cannot be cruel.

"In the end it was fate. I believe in destiny. Honest work paid off."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (January 5, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Proud To Be Nepali ........

Posted by Copernicus on (December 2, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Great to see cricket taking off in Nepal, and let's hope the ICC supports their continued development. Along with Papua New Guinea (and of course Ireland and Afghanistan) Nepal is one of the bright spots for cricket around the world. This Australian will be watching closely, and hoping to see test sides from all those countries touring within the next few years and decades.

Posted by   on (December 2, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

There are three formulas fo succes... 1. Labour 2.Labour & 3.Labour and nepal team knows this well....

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Your heart touching words means a lot to us. Thanks a lot Mr. Nagraj for understanding and sharing the feelings of our players. To get an opportunity to read such an inspirational and motivational article that too in cricket site which is followed by 100% of the cricket lovers gives the impression that we have stepped into a new cricketing world. Millions of congratulations to Nepal Cricket Team and hope you will keep improving and keep going with the same spin, pace, swing, shots and many more. Jai Nepal.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

Very nicely written mate. Nepalese usually get successfully only because of their handwork, our cricket team showed the best example of it. Now the time has come to take cricket more seriously, cricket association should build more stadiums, practice centers and other technical things to make things easier in the coming days. Most importantly we want to see more local level matches,I mean our school grounds, near by grounds, our gallis should be crowded, people should be playing cricket there. what can I say about nation team coach Pubudu Dassanayake and captain Parash they have delivered on the right time, they made dream come true for so many people. Parash is really a new prince of Nepal. Salute to Nepali Cricket Team.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Still when I hear Nepal is in T20 world cup for playoffs heart beats so fast, full of goose bumps n tears come in eyes. It's amazing see those players have made our dreams come to true and make us so proud. Not only Pun's eyes were soaked during HK's match, the whole nation was crying when we got the victory which ultimately secured World Cup berth in Bangladesh. As our skipper said, this is biggest achievement in our sporting history, yep that was the moment when we captured one of the breathtaking, awesome, amazing moments in our sporting history. This is the beginning. Lets cheers for some more.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Still when I hear Nepal is in T20 world cup for playoffs heart beats so fast, full of goose bumps n tears come in eyes. It's amazing see those players have made our dreams come to true and make us so proud. Not only Pun's eyes were soaked during HK's match, the whole nation was crying when we got the victory which ultimately secured World Cup berth in Bangladesh. As our skipper said, this is biggest achievement in our sporting history, yep that was the moment when we captured one of the breathtaking, awesome, amazing moments in our sporting history. This is the beginning. Lets cheers for some more.

Posted by Chandan.Karna on (December 1, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

Great Achievement for us as Nepali...all the best for World T20

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Proud Nepali....Hope to get in 50 overs WC as well....

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 4:10 GMT)

Feel proud..such nice nice article for us in cricinfo...

Posted by   on (December 1, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

its great to see people all over the world acknowledging the progress Nepal has made...i guess we have special reason to be proud of our team who, unlike other teams, have homegrown talent and have played cricket despite of not being secure for future...its time government secures the future of Nepali cricketers...many cricketers who had shown potential in past had to leave cricket to pursue their studies and career....its a great thing to stick to your passion in a country like Nepal when u dont have a secure future in any profession leave alone cricket

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

@Sals Gron : Only had been a decade when Nepal started playing cricket officially .. Without a single well build stadium and government budget for their promotion, if the team by their own personal initiatives can reach such a level , I give my respect to them. THey deserve respect. Cricket now is a million dollar company and expenditure.. You know well... Someday the senerio may change as a child will became Man someday n Man gets old.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Congrtaz Nepal on a great achievement!! All the best for 2015 World Cup Qualifiers!!

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Its just great ,we go in now... and days are more challenging ....

Posted by Uhmrace on (November 30, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Really proud to be a Nepali .... and very nice article indeed !! Yes, we are in the World Cup. Now another target in the mind is the place in the 2015 World Cup !! You guys can do it ..... Jay Nepal !! Jay Nepali Cricket !!!

Posted by nipun027 on (November 30, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

It is great 2 see Nepal emerging in Cricket......... Waiting in Bangladesh 2 see Nepal team playing in WT20 in Bangladesh......

Posted by The-love on (November 30, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Proud to be neighbor of Nepal....They have given fantastic performance to qualify for T20 World Cup with limited resources.All the best from India.

Posted by Santosvandari on (November 30, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Heart Touching Article .. Thank you so much Nagraj. World will see soon ... what we can do in Cricket. Gorkhalese always win ... all the best Nepali Heroes.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

Proud of Beeing Nepali... Wish all the best in World T20 2014... Great work...

Posted by   on (November 30, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

Its a dream come true. I had been waiting for this day to come, since the last 14 years. Usually, we got the NRR against us, but this time, finally, it was with us, and we qualified. Cheers all.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

Very nice article, Nepal have a high quality player in Paras Khadka and some other very useful players such as Basant Regmi. Sharad Vesawker, Sagar Pun and Gyanendra Malla also look like talents for the future. Would be brilliant if they could make it through to the 50 over World Cup as well. Amazing passion from the Nepalese fans today even when they were losing comfortably against Afghanistan, there must have been 5,000+ Nepalese and about 2,000 Afghans at the ground, in a neutral country! Great stuff.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

hi witless fan what u think huh??nepal has ability to qualify to super 10 ha...ha..ha...hoooooo i know ur sentiment yeah congratulation for qualify wct20.but the reality is that,there is two giant BAN & ZIM. no one has any chance to get in the super 10

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (November 29, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Good luck Nepal from England, hope to see you in the world cup one day. Your story is a great one.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

NEPAL named as - "THE DARK HORSE" of cricket...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Thank you cricinfo for such a heart touching article . Really my eyes were full of tears after reading this . Really cricket gives we Nepali a way to celebrate n unite ... Worldcup counts us as game of hard work by players of our nation..jay Nepal

Posted by ProdigyA on (November 29, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Great story....Congrats and good luck Nepal, from India.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

Nepalese were talking revenge against Afghan cricket heros, now check it out what happened to Nepal, come better prepared next time.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Thank you so much Nagraj for this wonderful article! And congrats to all Nepalese around the world and the well wisher of the underdog team like us. Journey of thousand leagues start with a single step, hope this is the first of that. Still long way to go before we become any force in international cricket. May our government now recognize the potential of our cricketers and start building infrastructures supporting the game in Nepal.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Only two words: TRUE TALE!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

NEPALI CRICKET LOVERS see this........ A tale of hard work, fate and tears

Posted by calcu on (November 29, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

EXCELLENT, I hope nepal qualifies for the super 10 stage.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

It was good to see Nepal getting into the World Cup.. It is the dream of every cricketer to play World Cup.. This is their moment & thank you guys for making us cherish every game you played .. Congratulation & All the best for Nepal Cricket Team !!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

i had dreamt of ths moment... nepal qualifyng fr cricket WC n india fr soccer WC.. while latter seems impossible nepal hs done it... hope to see nepal pullng off some upsets in wc2014... jai nepal b/w m an Indian..:)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

it looks very much emotional

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

This tournament has been a dream come true. The Kenya match was very special. Qualifying for the world cup....beyond description. Nepal has moved forward very strongly in later periods and hope that they do even better in the coming days. The fan support here is as good as it can get. And that is what makes it that much more special!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

nicely written :) soon, nepal will be termed as the giant of associates and affiliates . Comeon boys, all the best for World Cup Qualifiers for 2015 World Cup

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

oh my god!!!!its an awesome quality article by Nagraj Gollapudi!!!hope to see more quality and Nepali cricket supporting article in the future!!!

Posted by Arrow011 on (November 29, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

Ex- services player GS Thapa who was a good batsman in Ranji should be included as mentor for Nepal Cricket team.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

I am really glad to read a quality article from Nagraj Gollapudi via http://www.espncricinfo.com/nepal/content/current/story/694187.html . I hope it is the start and we will get lot's of quality opinion about Nepal cricket. It is Incredible achievement for Nepalese cricket fan. We all want to say THANKS to all players, support staff and Coach for providing such a historical milestone. I want to request all our Nepalese TV Channel to broadcast every matches of Nepal, don't worry you will get Sponso. I will watch every matches of Nepal in World T20.......& I didn't think I will get this opportunity. Only resources and facility can't be everything when you desperately want to achieve something with heart......It was proved by Nepal's cricket Players, otherwise every world cup football should won by England and Spain.......n it was rarely happen. It will be a great fun to watch Nepalese cricket player playing for our country in STARsports.........LOVE YOU GUYS!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Thank U Nagraj 4 such a nice article.hats off to u guys.........and yes wish guys all the best 4 todays game.........I proud to be NEPALI............

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

Well written Article, Team deserve at least a couple of cricket stadium in Nepal. I believe now in upcoming months it will be provided or at least government take any action for built up new one. If Nepal makes the First Phase of ICC T20 play off then I am sure that they will make most impact and get much exposure in international level of Cricket.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (November 29, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Thanks Mrs Nagraj Gollapudi for this wonderful pieces of words. Really emotional and heart touching. As a nation we have been going through some tough time since a couple of decade. I wish cricinfo follows up with the happening in Nepali Cricket. Congratulations to all of us. We definitely need some support from ICC, ACC, BCA, Srilankan Board, Pak Board and mostly from BCCI (power house of cricket and a neighboring country of Nepal) in the coming future. I would like to remember these lines from our Master skipper Paras Khadka "As a country we have been waiting for something to unite us. I think cricket has become the unifying factor." Good luck against Afgans . No matter who ever may win , just play good cricket. Jay Nepal.

Posted by jalesa on (November 29, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Really proud of my team and their output with such a limited resources. Salute to Paras and team.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Good article !! Well done hard work pays off. Believe!!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

well played !!!! keep wining n all the best.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

Paras Khadka and company has proved that dreams do come true. Proud of the Nepali cricket team. Thanks a million for uniting the country. Kudos !! Confident of achieving bigger dreams in the days to come :)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

satisfying n must read article. thanx

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Afghanistan and Nepal congrats hard work lies ahead but enjoy the moment

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Heart touching article, Really Overwhelmed by making Nepal proud via CRICKET..

Posted by darstar on (November 29, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Great to see Afghanistan and Nepal do well. I wish them the very best. Like S.America and Europe for football- I want the sub continent teams to be feared for as opponents in Cricket.

Posted by maheshkumar.de on (November 29, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

As an Indian I feel so proud of our beautiful neighbour's achievement. Congratulation and well done for all the hard work, commitment and courage you have shown. I feel BCCI should help nepal develop cricket infrastructure and facilities and since India and Nepal have free border Nepalese team/teams should be invited to play in domestic tournaments which would expose them to cricket more and help them increase their confidence. Nepal should now work harder to make sure that they make it to the main phase of t20. There is still some time. BCCI please support them.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

It just feels great and amazing to read a well-written piece about the emergence of Nepali cricket in Cricinfo. Very satisfied with the team's performance and also the article. I myself being a journalist/writer (with an inclination on cricket), I have always wondered how is it possible to write or contribute cricket articles for cricinfo. I mean the means through which we send the articles, email address and all..It is one of my dreams to have an article published on cricinfo! If possible, please help with the email address wherein I can send my articles on cricket.

Posted by nepalcricketlover on (November 29, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Very Nice article! thanks you Nagraj! #ICC #CRIC INFO! I feel all the gr8 reading this full of Emotions and goosebumps all over me! tears rolled! :) cheers for Nepal cricket team! hat's off boys! well done Coach Pubudu! Also want to say, after this qualification i can see that ICC doesn't want the globalization of cricket properly.that's y very less countries play cricket. whereas ICC should globalize and gives equal opportunity to all countries..really disheartened. I feel they r afraid of associate nations that they might face tough competition and are afraid to lose.. Even England was hammered by Ireland and Netherlands!!!!!!! So they don't want to repeat this sort of defeats!!!!!!! Even Nepal beat South Africa and Pakistan In ICC U -19 World cups! My conclusion is monopoly of so called full members must be over!! GOOD LUCK Nepal TEAM IN THE SEMI AGAINST Afghanistan! Competitive match! Cant wait

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

All the best Nepal. Wish to see you qualifying one more round to make it to Group 2.

Posted by kuikel2 on (November 29, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@saifs: sagar pun has been playing good cricket out there. since he started to open with bat ,opening has been improved.. his bowling and fielding is excellent... you can't be so mean to him... he is bright future of Nepalese cricket....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

liked this post a lot. thanx Mr. Gollapudi for the beautiful post. but the this stairways doesnt complete winning todays game or say being qualified for t20 world cup, on group stage, for against nepal there's no other tough competitors. so hope to be in super 10 and play against the half of world champions

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Just a bit of info: Nepal has Associate membership of the ICC, got it in 1996, after being Affiliate member for 8 years.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Dear Nepal Brothers Welcome to the International Arena :) and be thankful to India we don't want anything other than that . Play fare and win.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Indeed a very touchy story by Nagraj. Thank u very much Mr. Nagraj. Especially, the second last verse is what i found most touching.. the line RATO CHANDRA RA SURYA... that is the highlight of the article..THANK U ONCE AGAIN MR. NAGRAJ...!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Really touched article thanks nagraj.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

If ICC wishes to expand the horizon of cricket, they need to encourage cricket crazy nations like Nepal. In a decade to come, wouldn't it be interesting to see more than 20 countries roaring to lift WC trophy?

Posted by SaifS on (November 29, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

Is Sagar Pun's role in the team is just to provide with a melodramatic environment :-) or he has some mettle to fight it out is the middle too? That is what separates men from boys....but even boys don't cry :-) Good Luck Nepal! More teams playing cricket means more following for the game.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Today will Nepal beat to Afghanistan and make another history.. Best of luck............. Nepalease hip hip hurray hurray..................

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Well Done Nepal.. Looking forward to seeing you soon In Bangaldesh..

Posted by metalakash on (November 29, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

I remember veswakar writing in my autograph book"dreams come true when you work in that direction" .Ya it came true and will if u work hard ...truly motivational from sharad..keep it up

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

well done nepal and all other qualifying nations but icc is right to have an other qualifying round bcoz all associated teams are not that strong so too much one sided games that is harmful so only top two teams will play top eight .All associated teams are far away from top eight I think Bangladesh will qualify the second team very tough anyone from Afghanistan or Ireland

Posted by Prasanna_310 on (November 29, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

One more things the articles could have included is how Nepal cricket team finally moved on from the tried-and-tested old players of the likes of Mehboob Alam, who has had biggest fan following prior to Khadka's rise and Binod Das, former Captain known for his cricket brain. For a team like emerging team like Nepal, it was a safer option to fall back on these players, but they did not and thank God that they did not. Now the squad is young, has tasted success and has beliefs. Nepal cricket has finally moved on..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

We loves nepal so much! It is nice to see another Asian team like Nepal is coming with Roar! many many all the best nepali bro. many many wishes from crore Bangladeshi! Welcome to beautyfull Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

congratulations Nepal and very welcome to Bangladesh good luck ...

Posted by ajasp on (November 29, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Nepal is a good team but Afghanistan is better..... will beat u 2day....

Posted by roshanzee on (November 29, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

goosebumps is what i got reading the article, jai nepal!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

congrats Nepal cricket team....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Very impressive, we are proud they did well and reach the worldcup which is dream for our team. We are celebrating with banners and rally at every city of Nepal. Nepalese people are so excited to watch Nepal at big stage and they are expecting more from their team.

Nepalese hip hip hurray !!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Thanks Cricinfo team for writing this article. If we provide better facilities and take care of our cricketers then we can reach to the top level at par with Ireland and Afghanistan within few years. Also, all of our cricketers have worked hard to make this dream come true. Salute to them. Lastly our coach shouldn't be forgotten.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

BCCI should be positive to include Nepal in their domestic league like Ranji Trophy,vijay Hazare trophy etc. Hope this cooperation comes soon and we enter in era of developing goodwill between two nation!

Posted by ZSBD on (November 29, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

Nepal, the good friend, the whole Bangladesh welcomes you.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

u deserved it guys.u have make us proud.knock the next door stongly.best of luck.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

Touchy article. It's a dream came true for the Nepali team and there well wishers. That was a proud moment when we were qualified for the T20 worldcup. I can say i was alive when NPl entered to the worldcup. Our gud wishes are always with the NEPALI team. Hope we play a very good cricket at comming years and inspire every child.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

many many congratulation for nepali team who gives us world cup way ...and specially our caption paras khadka...we r proud of u all guys..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

so proud of hard working nepali cricketers one day certainly we will see nepal playing with test status nations best of luck and many many congratulations!!!!!

Posted by metallicababy on (November 29, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

i just love the comment of anantas 11..yeah you are very true. aussies, indians, pakistanis, south africans and other test playing nations c'mon bring it on.icc should seriously give a serious thought on it.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

i feel proud too...i love you Paras and whole Nepalese Cricket team <3 .

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

congratulation ! Its great effort of Team and Coach,for dream to play world cup to be true.Its greatest moment for any sport to Join event like world cup. When we work hard,destiny is with You.

Posted by kuikel2 on (November 29, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

that is why I respect our players the most. for all their hard works I have lost my words to praise them.. I will support Nepalese cricket for all my life whether they win or loss. lets hope CAN will provide them exposure they need to be competent in one day world cup qualifier and t20 world cup after all I don't think fund won't be problem as government will provide it for what they have achieved....

Posted by pakfanfromnepal on (November 29, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

Very touching article...Thank you very much Nagraj Gollapudi for this. At least we nepali have seen an article written in the name of Nepali cricket. Cricket is one of the major sport of Nepal and there are lost of people who follow India, Pak, Aus...etc because we have not reached where these countries are. Nepal cricket lacks Infrastructure and support from Govt. but what this team achieved is an eye opener for all the concerned... we have seen UAE hosting bilatral series of test playing nation though their cricket is in level with Nepal. If you see the climate and weather of Nepal, it is perfet for cricket so why nepal Govt. and Private sector think about having similar to what UAE is doing. It gives internal exposure of Nepali cricket and it will definately raise the cricket level of Nepal.

AS said by Paras.. "Every one of us believes in fate. Every one of us believes in God.. so hoping for some best thing yet to come for Nepali cricket.

Proud to be a nepali.....

Posted by metallicababy on (November 29, 2013, 4:24 GMT)

i truly agree with the comment posted by bishalbhandari. our team and others who have qualified for it have really worked have to reach this level. when nepal needed that one special run to qualify, that particular moment cannot be exlained in words. But once nepal reached the world cup, the whole nation including me felt like we were on top of the world. but later when i came to know about the preliminary round these six teams had to play, i felt a bit disheartened. all the teams in qualifiers have worked really hard and their main objective was to qualify for WC but when they did, they again have to play that group 8 stage. that's being so unfair. I was hoping to see my country beat my favourite team (australia) but i think we have to wait for sometime. i humnbly request ICC to give it a second thought, if possible to change the t20 format comprising of 4 groups with 4 teams each. If not then i keep my fingers crossed for nepal being in top in thier group.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

We are really excited from the way the world is taking our qualification to WorldCup. Thank you every cricket lovers around the world.

Posted by Anantas11 on (November 29, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

very good article, There is another Passionate Cricketing world beyond Test World.. Media should also create pressure to ICC (or BCCI to be honest) to think about game also & not only Money.... Fact is BCCI don't want cricket to be a Olympic sports because you will not earn any money from Olympic sponsorship or TV rights etc.... Its a shame to Test playing nation also to Share World cup among each others & call them self as World Champion with out facing the world.... Please make at least 16 team world cup for T20 & ODI, lets give more hope to Nations like Nepal that, you can make it... Lets give proud feeling to Test nations also that they won the World Cup & not another series with few more but same opponent(s) .... Long live Cricket!!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

such a great moment for all of us!! really tears aren't only on sagar eyes, it's in all nepalese eyes

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

It was slow but steady....but finally we were destined to reach the level where we are now. Keep this form....we will put the mark on top.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

this article made me cry again

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

i was really disappointed by the rules of ICC.. they should have let all the 6 qualified teams to play in the main group stage with australia, india, pakistan etc... The non test playing nation such as Nepal will have better experience of playing with the cricket Giants...

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

Jay Nepal!! Jay Pasupathinath...

We'll make our way to final round of world cup!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 29, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

This is why T20 cricket is the BEST format of cricket. It allows countries like Aftghanistan, Nepal and Honk Kong the opportunity to represent themselves in a marquee world tournament. Test cricket will NEVER have this element of pride, dignity and passion that T20 cricket brings to the game. I am so proud to be a T20 fan forever.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

u really made us proud!!!!!!!!! thank u guys

Posted by bishalbhandari on (November 29, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Agreed with StarHawk,,,,,this formation of World cup never put hand to develop or progress of associate and Affiliate,,,,,What ICC doing is only demoralize the nations,,,after this ward work all the six team deserve to compete against big teams,,,,ICC should go for 4 group with 4 team each rather than preliminary round and,,,,common ICC give them a chance to compete at least,,,,,After competing with AFGAN NETHERLAN AND SCOT now in the world Nepal again need to compete with them,,,,this is injustice with those teams like IRE,UAE,HINGKONG<NEPAL,,,,,

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

I feel proud.................Now Nepal Government should think about investing in cricket rather than spending on other sports..............

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

hmmmmm another shachin inspired cricketer... :-)

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

Congratulations guys!! You have made us all proud!! Jay Nepal!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 2:27 GMT)

Icc must allow to play all qualified nations in upcoming T20 worldcup to make more competitive and successful !!! any way well done guys we still can make it . jay Nepal !!!

Posted by CricketFanOfNepal on (November 29, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

Big thank you Nagraj for such a wonderful write-up for Nepal Cricket. The article able to capture emotional aspect of the game and team spirit. I also want to attract attention to ICC and other media regarding huge fan base of cricket in Nepal and Afghanistan due to local players of their communities, unlike other affiliate countries (majority). This is also reflected in the post in CRICINFO. All the stakeholder should provide more and more opportunities for development of cricket in these two countries. Good luck Nepali boys for the next game against Afghanistan!!!

Posted by wapuser on (November 29, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

ICC must allow to play all qualified nations Directly in upcoming t20 worldcup for more competitive tournaments !!!! Anyway well done guys we still can be there ....jay Nepal !!!

Posted by Raveey_ on (November 29, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

Wow , its such a heartening news. It's a giant day for Nepal Cricket. Hope BCCI can help them by giving them exposure in its domestic Cricket. It would be great to have a team from Nepal in the Ranji or such tournaments. Or at least , they can let players come and play in the domestic cricket of India. Nonetheless , Congratulations Nepal. We all are really happy for your success,

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Without any infrastructures for the game, without any financial backup for taking up cricket, these guys have given it all for the love of nation and for the love of this amazing game.. Hats off guys, you really are our heroes and hope our fairy tale continues for a long time to come.. At least now we have the belief that world eyes will be on us whenever and wherever we play.. lets hope this is the beginning of a new dawn of cricket in Nepal..

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

ICC did a mistake by separating the associates into the qualifiers!! Without proper exposure how can these developing teams improve!! And this is not good for globalization of cricket!! They should have divided 16 teams into four groups each with 4 countries!! they wouldn't have won this time but from next time the cricketing world could have had a different scenario.. ICC need to Re-think abt it !!

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Nice article, Hope Nepal can make it to the 2015 WC as well so that we can get a crack at the big nations.

Posted by sujan1077 on (November 29, 2013, 1:30 GMT)

Well written article about the associate nation like ours, the last paragraph depicting Paras's emotion nearly made me cry!!!..really the hard work paid off..well done guys!!!!..my only wish now is they get enough sponsors and budget so that they can play as professionals....

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 1:25 GMT)

Nepal playing Afghanistan . I want both to win. How is that possible. I now live and work in Afghanistan and Nepal is also the country I like . Both the teams are equally close to my heart .When they go to my country Bangladesh will go to see their matches next year.

Posted by   on (November 29, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

Good Job Dassanayake Ayya

Posted by Zarin_Khan on (November 29, 2013, 1:03 GMT)

Congratulations Nepal cricket team, fans and nation for qualifying to ICC CWC T20 in Bangladesh. I am an AFGHAN myself, and belief me, we don't see or have even ever saw Nepal as something like rivals! Maybe Nepalis sees the need, but we Afghans don't. Manny Afghans supports Nepal, because it's our fellow South Asian country. However, we wish Nepal our warm wishes and may tomorrow the best playing team win.

With lots of respect from Afghanistan.

P.S. we are AFGHANS and not afgan or afghani (s), since Afghani is the National Currency of Afghanistan and afgan means something bad in your language. So, let's grown up and treat each others with respect.

Posted by Realhotshady on (November 29, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

Nepal needs infrastructure...There are not adequate grounds and facilities...Despite that, the team is performing so well....Lets imagine how will they play when the facilities matches the standard of Aussies and S. Africans...Please ICC and Full nation country, help Nepal. I am sure, Nepal will be one of the strongest team in the world in coming 10 years if they get proper facility and coaching.

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 29, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

Congrats to Nepal. If the BCCI has any sense, they will encourage Nepal cricket but I won't hold out too much hope, we still haven't invited Bangladesh for a single game of cricket, of any kind. It's been more than 10 years since they became a Test nation!

Good to see Ireland remaining strong altho it's pretty much the same players that performed in the 2011 WC in India, let's hope they've got more good players coming thru, and something is done about the poaching of their players.

It's truly exciting to see the game being enjoyed at a competitive level by the associate countries. Here's hoping that in 25 years time, several of these countries are playing cricket at the very highest level. The game will be richer.

Posted by OttawaRocks on (November 29, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

@thedugganaut: I will have to side with StarHawk. Even though technically the 6 teams are "part of the WC" in reality they are all playing a separate tourney that is more like a pre-WC. They do the same in the winter Olympics for ice hockey. The big 8 automatically qualify plus a couple of duds that join them after surviving the pre-qualifying tourney - which the Olympic community considers as part of the "official ice hockey competition". Take the rose coloured glasses off.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

NEPAL named as - "THE DARK HORSE" of cricket...

Posted by ILOVENEPAL on (November 28, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

congrats! proud of you boys! keep going!

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

I love this article. thanx nagraja gollapuddi. jay nepal and nepelese cricket. hearty thanx to nepelese cricket team.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (November 28, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

This is so great too see! Well done Nepal, although you will probably get thrashed bu by Bangladesh (who are in your group), with that belief you could run them close and it woild be wonderful if you carrird on these these performances.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

okay this is whats gonna happen in the world cup..nepal will beat UAE and Netherlands..and the match against Bangladesh will be forfeited due to the rain..Nepal will advance to super 10's with the better runrate.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (November 28, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

I think this is one of those "killing 'em softly" tactic implemented by the ICC, giving some false hopes to these associate teams. Its not like they are really gonna feature in the WT20 main event. They have to go pass two other test sides (BAN & ZIM) to get into the main event. The ICC could have let at least 4 teams from the 2nd qualifying round go to the main event. Then, there is at least a hope for teams like Nepal. I'm not writing 'em off but the chances are very slim here under these circumstances. I know that even if they get thru, they will get massacred by a few of those top 8 teams. But, at least playing against a top team will give 'em a sense of pride that will boost the cricketing spirit of those players n their fans. I think that only Ireland n Afghanistan have a chance of beating BAN or ZIM n enter the main event. But, I SINCERELY hope that Nepal will PROVE ME WRONG. All the best to Team Nepal n their fans !!!!!

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

This is a factual but tough journey of Nepal Cricket Team, especially of players. If there is anyone to be proud of this achievement, it is no other than the players. The Cricket governing body has very less role to accredit themselves because players haven't been supported as per the expectations. Though one may say, there is less budget, no good infrastructure, etc. ! These are simple reasons to avoid the situation blaming others. What does Afghanistan have? Compared to us, neither they have better infrastructures, nor playing conditions on their own home soil. Just they have is passion. UAE is their second home as almost the games are played there.The only thing Afghan cricket governing body does is; it provides enough exposure to players and fulfill their basic needs (to sustain and more) and let them play without anything to think. That's why, they are there to beat any of the Cricketing Giants. Hence, It's time for us to act rather than talk. Let's hope things will improve soon

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

Happy for Nepal...Best of luck from India.

Posted by wapuser on (November 28, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Super show, Nepal. Well done.

Posted by rayinto on (November 28, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

Congrats to Nepal. Heart warming story!

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

JUst wow for My Nation and Nepalese cricket. All te best for upcoming more challenging days :)

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

thank you guys for uniting nepal once again......we are waiting to welcome our hero! love you guys.............

Posted by ILOVENEPAL on (November 28, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

This is great stuff. I am very proud of you boys! You thoroughly derserved this! Congratulations for this achievement and also for being awarded 1m rupees to each of the squad members.

Posted by thedugganaut on (November 28, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

@Starhawk: The top 6 teams qualify for the first round of the World Cup. As far as the ICC is concerned, these teams are playing in the World Cup: "The top six sides in the tournament will qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 scheduled to be held in Bangladesh in March next year. The qualifying teams will form part of the opening round of Twenty20 cricket's crowning event". Quit being a killjoy.

Posted by Shiny-Side on (November 28, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

Sell the rights to this story to Hollywood and finance cricket development in Nepal with the funds.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

I m Indian still i feel proud for Nepal. Our Neighbour and lovely Country Qualified for T20 World Cup... i wish them to win this Qualifier turnament. good luck for semi against Afganistan.

Posted by tickcric on (November 28, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Amazing! Congrats Nepal. In development of cricket in associate teams like Nepal lies the future. These teams have to be brought into the spotlight of international cricket and should become full members in the coming years.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

guys!! just hav no words to explain u all...u made our dream come true...simply love u all!!

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

It is just the beginning of the story. Nepal can go a long way if there is proper training and infrastructure is available to these talented players.Till the date, they are playing becoz they love the game rather not as a profession. If at least a minimum professional environment is assured to these talented players,It would not be surprising to see them playing at highest level then this with more confidence.JAY NEPAL... JAY NEPALI CRICKET.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Good job guys...I have been following my team for a long time now this is the biggest achievement in our spots history ..But the world needs to know there is more to come from this team...welldone

Posted by BhimMagar on (November 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Reelly Good News Of My Life..

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

Nepalese Cricket association should have adequate budget. We may have the lowest budget going into the tournament!!

Posted by StarHawk on (November 28, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

Congrats to all the team, but they didn't technically qualify. These 6 teams will have to play another qualifier, with Bangladesh & Zimbabwe and only 2 teams from that qualifier will go through to the main draw. These teams have put in so much hard work and they deserve to play in the WT20, and ICC should have just let all 14 teams play in the WT20 rather than cutting it down to 8 teams.

Posted by 200ondebut on (November 28, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

Its great to see Nepal do so well. I toured Nepal with the MCC in 2003 and the enthusiasm and skill was evident. The hospitality they showed us was brilliant and they were all rightly proud of their beautiful country. Well done Nepal.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

Hats off to my team. Proud to be a Nepali. Way to go guys, keep up your confidence high. God is there to support your hard work and as always wishes of all the fans. Jay Pashupatinath!!

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Heartening to hear that they have qualified. Augurs well for the game :) Hope countries like India support them extensively for facilities and exposure. Playing more games against some domestic sides from countries like India and Pak will give them more exposure and develop their game.

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

well done Team Nepal. Welcome to Bangladesh

Posted by   on (November 28, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Every Nepali cric lover must read this....will make u emotional .....

Posted by pankajmce on (November 28, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Wow!!! Really happy for our neighbor. Congratulations to this team and Nepal.. Good luck in the world cup.

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