Thursday, 15 March 2018

Nepal is now an ODI Nation. History Made by Nepali Cricket, Nepal will rise again.


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Nepal have claimed ODI status for the first time with their six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea. Dipendra Singh Airee was front and centre on this historic occasion, claiming 4 for 14 to knock the opposition over for 114 and then leading the chase with a 58-ball half-century. Paras Khadka's men had to thank Netherlands though, whose defeat of Hong Kong presented them with a simple equation. Win the match, win ODI status.


There were several notable events that studded this triumph for Nepal, not least of which is the fact that their cricket board is currently suspended by order of the ICC. Their arrival to the World Cup qualifier was also a spectacular story, with the team claiming several nail-biting last-over finishes. A team that was in Division Five in 2008, alongside Afghanistan, have now risen to the top-tier of international cricket.

Papua New Guinea, who lost all four of their games in the tournament, have lost their ODI status along with Hong Kong. Both teams have now been demoted to WCL Division Two, but they do have one final chance to play an international match (at least until 2020) - the ninth-place play-off on Saturday.


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