Bangladesh v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong

Khadka relishes "opportunity" against Bangladesh

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

March 17, 2014

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Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla added 80 for the third wicket, Hong Kong v Nepal, World T20, Qualifying Group A, Chittagong, March 16, 2014
Paras Khadka's 80-run association with Gyanendra Malla paved the way for Nepal's victory against Hong Kong on Sunday © AFP
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Nepal will face Bangladesh on Tuesday evening, but the two teams go back a long way, all the way back to 1996 when Nepal played their first ever cricket match, when both of them were Associate Nations. During the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur that year, Nepal lost to their World T20 Group A opponents by a margin of a faster run-rate.

Their paths have crossed at other levels of cricket: Under-15s, Under-17s, Under-19s, Under-21s, their women's teams as well as the blind cricket teams of the two nations. But that ACC Trophy game was of utmost significance as it happened 50 years after the Cricket Association of Nepal was formed, and started their journey.

Paras Khadka was too young to remember the particulars of that game but like most cricket fans in Nepal, they have followed the Bangladesh team on TV.

"We have watched every player on TV and now we are playing against them," Khadka said. "So we are looking forward to it. We get all the TV channels that you get here. More than pressure, it is an opportunity. We should not be thinking too much about being explosive. We should take it nice and slow, build it up."

Their 80-run win over Hong Kong in their World T20 debut was widely followed back home. Large crowds gathered in Durbar Squares in the capital Kathmandu, while the result was the front-page lead in several newspapers.

On Tuesday, they will have another opportunity to gather their fans in front of large screens when they take on Bangladesh in their second Group A game in Chittagong.

Khadka said that one of the biggest motivations for the team had been the support from back home, here in Chittagong and from the Nepal fans everywhere.

"I think that (the fans) will be the next cover photo on my Facebook page," Khadka said. "It was amazing, the kind of response we are getting back home. I think we have had this from the time we have qualified for this tournament. The interest has always been there, it is not that we have qualified and people are following us.

"Every time we play in our home ground, there are 15-20,000 people who support us. People getting into a square and watching the game, such photos really motivates us to do better. The biggest factor for all our cricketers is for the fan following and passion. So we want to do well for the people and ourselves."

But the Nepal team hardly had the time to celebrate their win over Hong Kong, and Khadka added that they treated it like any other win over their Associate opponents. "There was no party. By the time we reached the hotel it was midnight. I think it is more about being happy to do well.

"We have been playing against Hong Kong regularly, so it was another win. Of course it came in our debut match, but we didn't want to be too overjoyed. We want to continue from what we have done yesterday and move forward."

Khadka is impressive on and off the field, and is perhaps the perfect ambassador for cricket in Nepal. He led the team very well against Hong Kong and has now stressed on the need for his players to play the same brand of cricket, against much stronger opponents. He is confident that they will play more comfortably, and will be geared up for a good contest.

"We will play the cricket that we know. We can't change anything. We are here to compete. We are not here for participation. Everybody is keen to do well. The nervousness of the World T20 debut is gone. We have managed to win well, but we have to start from scratch, from ball one.

"We need to think positive."

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Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

nepal will surely give tough fight against bangladehis team. hope nepal will win this game. jay nepal. nepal nepal nepal nepal

Posted by kirangautam on (March 18, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Government of Nepal just now announce to built International cricket academy to encourage nepali team before starting with bangladesh. GOOD LUCK NEPALI TEAM

Posted by wapuser on (March 18, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

This is golden opportunity to show Nepal(Gorkali) a high degree of sportsmanship among the players and prove themself to be raising star in the cricket !!!!!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

As we know that Nepal had never given up to opponents from our ancient... Its our turn to prove so... Best of luck... Now we are on the moment to show how Rhinos will overcome to Tigers....

Posted by WahidOrnob2 on (March 18, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

I must say, Good luck Nepal as you are playing well even you played well at previous match but this time we have no other option except win so sorry younger brothers. But I hope you will try level best? only then this match will enjoyable to watch. Certainly, the winner name Bangladesh. Good luck Nepal.........

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

Best of luck Nepal Cricket team. Show the world that we are a cricketing nation. RHINOS vs TIGERS today...start of the rivarly at first clash with Bangladesh.Pashupatinath will always bless us. JAYA MAHAKALI,AYO GORKHALI....

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Khadka always calm and cool on the field aswell as off the field... Looking forward to see our team playing good cricket..

Posted by kirangautam on (March 18, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

Go gorkhali go nepal.....thanks for bd fans for your support to nepali team too. We can and we will ...Good luck nepali team

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

I wish our big hitter Binod and Sharad perform well today,if they also perform well,we have chance of winning,though bangladesh is very gud side..our guys can match them in gud d best guys..just express urself..

Posted by madhavpokharel on (March 18, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

Best Wishes to u ambassador

Posted by Oryshan on (March 18, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

All the best Nepali Team......hope tail enders will also bat well today...

Posted by usman-adeel on (March 18, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

someone suggested that IPL should include 2 associate teams, I think IPL should include one team containing best players from all the associate teams

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

Looking forward to a big match, as a Nepalese supporter, best of luck to Paras and his teammates....... might be the first win over a test playing nation

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

For Nepal however, the game against Bangladesh is what they have worked so hard for in the last 18 years.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

overwhelmed by support received for Nepal cricket team from different corner of the world. Thank you everyone for supports and encouragement. GO Gorkhali GO!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

As non-test playing nation Bangladesh shocked Pakistan in One-Day WC (1999).Why can't non-test playing Nepal shock Bangladesh in T20 WC?

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

We will play the cricket that we know. We can't change anything. We are here to compete!!

Posted by   on (March 18, 2014, 1:55 GMT)

Impressed with Nepal's victory yesterday. Impressed with Paras's leadership. Mark my words oneday Nepal will join the test nations under Paras's leadership. As a BD fan, i'd want BD to win. But I'll hope Nepal can give a good fight and stay 2nd in the group above the overrated Afganistan team. Nepal and Ireland are now my favourite Associate teams. Best of luck to them both.

Posted by NoorBD on (March 18, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

A lot of Love and Best of luck for Nepal team from BD fan. I want BD to win, but I hope you will fight with tigers hard and leave a lesson for them. It is a good platform for you to learn and prove your potential. Do not be over confidant like Afgan, try steadily and slowly, don't give up until the end. I am eagerly waiting to see another team from Nepal to rise who will beat India, Australia and England frequently. Go tigers go Nepal.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 17, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

Best of luck to Paras and his Nepali team. As an Indian supporter, I would like to see a good match between Bangladesh and Nepal. We don't need rivalry among Asian teams, only respect and friendship. So good luck to both teams.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 20:21 GMT)

exactly Paras Khadka is the backbone of Nepali team, more important is that all the motivation that our player get through the craziest Nepali cricket fan. Paras is the player of international standard(avrg bating is 37+)and leading the team from front. as he says nervous has already ruined after HK match ,for Nepal more than pressure its opportunity to play against BD(well said paras). this show how relaxed and positive our player are just before big clash against BD. i am hopefull that Nepal might make big upset tomorrow. all the best rhinos...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

Go tigers go. All my best wishes for Nepali fans and friends. I have many friends from Nepal. Want to see Nepal in the big picture. But tomorrow the game is ours.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Excellent writing. The link to the ACC Trophy 1996 that was given in the first paragraph reminds me of Bangladesh back in those days. Bangladesh used to play with Nepal, Fiji, HK and many others. Bangladesh were unbeaten champion of that tournament and never looked back. Hope teams like Nepal can rise from this tournament.

Posted by Big3BOSS on (March 17, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Best of luck..Nepal.........from Indian fan

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 17, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Hope it will be a tough interesting contest! T20 is short and quick but one-sided games make it too boring. I wish both teams very well and for a fascinating contest!

If BCCI is listening - expand the IPL to include top 2 Associate nations. It will be great exposure for them and it will improve the quality of T20 cricket overall. Also try to get the Indo-Pak conflict to ease and get the Pak players to join IPL. It is a shame that the sub-continent teams cannot play in the IPL.

Posted by Fogu on (March 17, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

I am from BD but I must say, I am impressed with Khadka's leadership. Very mature. I must admit I have not followed Nepal Cricket in the past but they were impressive in their first match. Many BD are supporting Nepal to do well, obviously not at the expense of BD. I want BD to win convincingly tomorrow but I want Nepal to do well in their next match. BD should support Nepal and AFG to develop so that cricket can grow more in the subcontinent. Go Tigers!

Posted by British_North_America on (March 17, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

Thomas Cherian What makes you think we do not get games with top teams, we played SL in this year, Asia Cup, WorldT20, India is coming in June probably.

Posted by Jhontu on (March 17, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Sakib threw the banana again and this time it fell inside. Nepal will be 40 all out! Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

@Raihan_Shovon.. most of all we call our players as Gurkhas/Gorkhas/Gorkhalis derived from our ancestors military units who served throughout the world for various nations and recognised for our fearless military prowess...

Posted by wapuser on (March 17, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

The himalayan tigers against bengol tigers wow I am supporting both a nepali I support nepal and as a friend to Bangladesh however winning results in creation of history and a loss reasults an playing experience with a great cricket playing nation...jaya nepal jaya Bangladesh ...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

well mates, tigers and rhinos are funny... but being myself a Nepalese fan, i just wanted to say that " lets bat and ball talk in the field"

Posted by nepalibahadur on (March 17, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Paras khadka is saying exactly a good thing, we should not overjoyed with win over HK, instead we just need to focus on our good display with BD, just need to play natural game neither with pressure nor with overexcited ! we could win over Bangladesh n upset them if every player play just good cricket holding their nerve, all the best to bir gorkhalis, Nepal !!!

Posted by nepalibahadur on (March 17, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Paras khadka is saying exactly a good thing, we should not overjoyed with win over HK, instead we just need to focus on our good display with BD, just need to play natural game neither with pressure nor with overexcited ! we could win over Bangladesh n upset them if every player play just good cricket holding their nerve, all the best to bir gorkhalis, Nepal !!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Good Luck Nepal, as a Bangladeshi i can't say i want you guys to win! but you guys have won my Heart, Shakti was a joy to watch on field. i supported you guys in the qualifiers and i was disappointed when you guys where in my team's group as i wanted you guys in the super 10, but not in the expense of my team!

you guys remind me of our 1997 ICC trophy wining team, such joy! prayers are with Nepal, i hope in 10 years time you guys emerge as one of our rivals!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 17, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Maybe Bangladesh and Zimbabwe should organize more games against Ireland Afghanistan and Nepal This will give the other teams opportunities as well as for the lower test playing team more wins and games Waiting on the top 8 to play against them is not going to get then games. It will be rare and sporadic

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Some people in india gossip about cool captain paras khadka comparing to the dhoni of india..sounds nice naa..

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

@raihan _shovan...The logo for nepal cricket is a one horned rhino...but we love to be called a is such a joy to see my team nepal compete against the test playing nation with the likes of shakib and tamim and murtaza.'s hard game for us..we might even lose the game but I can assure the gorkhali will play well and give tough fight to the bgdsh unlike afghanisyan..hope the best ta be victorious tom..goodluck nepal cherish the moment...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

@ Raihan : we are Rhinos. . .see our logo

Posted by wapuser on (March 17, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

Nepal.... Specially chitwan National park is famous for Rhinoes.... Which you can see in Cricket association Of Nepal(CAN)'s Logo....

Posted by Raihan_Shovon on (March 17, 2014, 15:17 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi fan, I want tigers to crush them. But then, seeing the passion of the nepal fans, my heart goes for them..... It's their first match against a test playing nation. I hope they put up a better show than afghans... We call ourselves tigers. It's our national animal... Can anyone from nepal suggest me what to call the Nepal players??? Maybe something majestic like tigers??? Nepal fans, suggest me one... :-D

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (March 17, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

I like this guy. Speaks very well, and looks like a good leader. Good luck to them.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2014, 14:29 GMT)

hey tiger .. here is himalayan tiger for u

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