Nepali Cricket claims ODI Status for the first time in history
The Nepalese side were in the World Cricket League Division Five a decade earlier at 2008, while their cricket association has been suspended by the ICC since 2016, they’ve claimed their ODI status for the first time in history.
A thrilling one-wicket win off the final ball over Canada with Karan’s miraculous chase got Nepal into the World Cup Qualifiers, where they followed up win over Hong Kong by beating Papua New Guinea in a play-off becoming cricket´s newest ODI side.
"As a team we´ve been pushing ourselves. We´re very glad that we´re winning games through different situations, players are standing up and everyone´s contributing. As a captain I´m happy to lead such an amazing bunch of boys", skipper Khadka said.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke and Pakistan greats Inzamam ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed were among those to congratulate Khadka´s side on Twitter.
Nepal bowled out PNG for only 114 and chased down the small target with 27 overs to spare.
Dipendra Singh Airee and spin master Sandeep Lamichhane both took four wickets each, before Airee hit an unbeaten 50 to ensure that Nepal would become an ODI team until at least 2022, with Papua New Guinea losing their elite status.
"A big proud day for all the people of Nepal," Lamichhane, who was the first Nepalese to be signed for the Indian Premier League earlier this year, wrote on Twitter.
"What a beautiful journey so far. Together it´s Possible. Nepal - An ODI Nation!"
The other play-off game saw Hong Kong lose their ODI place after a defeat by the Netherlands.