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The Nepal national cricket team (Nepali: नेपाली राष्ट्रिय क्रिकेट टोली) nicknamed The Rhinos and Gorkhalis, represents the country of Nepal in the international cricket and is governed by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN). They have been an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1996.[7] Nepal were awarded Twenty20 International (T20I) status by the ICC in June 2014 until the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier[8][9]. On 15 March 2018, Nepal gained One Day International (ODI) status for the first time (and regained Twenty20 International status), after winning the first playoff match in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[10][11][12]

Nepal
Refer to caption
Flag of Nepal
Nickname(s)The Rhinos, Gorkhalis
AssociationCricket Association of Nepal
Personnel
CaptainParas Khadka
CoachUmesh Patwal
International Cricket Council
ICC statusAssociate member with ODI status (1996)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current [2] Best-ever
ODI 15th 14th
T20I 11th 11th (2-May-2019) [1]
One Day Internationals
First ODIv  Netherlands at VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen; 1 August 2018
Last ODIv  United Arab Emirates at ICC Academy Ground, Dubai; 28 January 2019
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total [3] 6 3/3
(0 ties, 0 no result)
This year [4] 3 2/1
(0 ties, 0 no result)
World Cup Qualifier appearances3 (first in 2001)
Best result8th (2018)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv  Hong Kong at Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong; 16 March 2014
Last T20Iv  Malaysia at Kinrara Oval, Kuala Lumpur; 14 July 2019
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total [5] 17 7/9
(0 ties, 1 no result)
This year [6] 5 4/1
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances1 (first in 2014)
Best resultFirst round (2014)
World Twenty20 Qualifier appearances3 (first in 2012)
Best result3rd (2013)
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ODI and T20I kit

As of 14 July 2019

Nepal made their maiden appearance in the ICC global event at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. They have been participating in international matches since 1996, including every ACC Trophy tournaments except 2015 ACC Twenty20 Cup in UAE, where they didn't participate. Nepal also participated in ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2001 2014 and 2018, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in 2012, 2013 and 2015, ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004 and 2005, ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament in 2004, 2005 and 2006, ACC Twenty20 Cup in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, Asian Games in 2010 and 2014 and ACC Premier League in 2014.

Unlike some other smaller cricketing nations, where teams are largely made up of expatriates, Nepal's national team comprises indigenous players who have usually come through the ranks playing age-group cricket.[13]

On 15 March 2018 Nepal claimed One Day International (ODI) status for the first time with a win over Papua New Guinea in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 9th place play off encounter.[14] In April 2018, the ICC decided to grant full Twenty20 International (T20I) status to all its members. Therefore, all Twenty20 matches played between Nepal and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 became a full T20I member.[15]

Contents

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

According to the 1877 book History of Nepal, edited by Daniel Wright, "Attempts have been made at various time by their tutors to get the young men to play at cricket and other games, but such amusements are thought degrading".[16] Over time, cricket came to be considered a gentleman's sport, and involvement was limited mainly to the ruling Rana family and other members of the Nepali elite.

In 1946, the Cricket Association of Nepal was formed to promote cricket amongst the aristocracy. After the introduction of democracy through the Revolution of 1951, cricket began to spread to the rest of the population. In 1961, in an effort to promote cricket to the whole of Nepal, the Cricket Association of Nepal became part of the National Sports Council. Nevertheless, the National games tended to be limited to Kathmandu until the 1980s.[17][18]

ICC membershipEdit

Improvements to communications and transport infrastructure in Nepal allowed the game to expand outside Kathmandu in the 1980s[18] and Nepal became an Affiliate Member of the International Cricket Council in 1988.[7] A major development programme was begun in the early 1990s, which saw regional and district tournaments being established and the increased promotion of cricket in schools.[18]

The local population's interest in cricket increased quickly, and the demand to play was such that restrictions had to be placed on the number teams in several tournaments until more facilities could be built in the mid-1990s.[18] Nepal became an Associate Member of the International Cricket Council in 1996,[7] which was the year the national side played for the first time in the 1996 ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. Nepal finished fourth out of six teams in their first round group, beating Brunei and Japan.[citation needed]

By 1998, the facilities in Nepal had improved sufficiently to allow them to host that year's ACC Trophy at grounds in Lalitpur and Kirtipur (at TU Cricket Ground) and Kathmandu.[19] Nepal themselves were unsuccessful in the tournament, going without a win.[citation needed]

Currently, the country has one of the best fan followings among ICC Associate Members, but it does not have an active governing body as a result of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) being suspended by International Cricket Council (ICC) due to unnecessary government interference.[20]

T20I status and seriesEdit

On 28 June 2014, the ICC awarded T20I status to Nepal, who took part and performed exceptionally well in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.[8][9] Nepal had already played three T20I matches before gaining the status, as the ICC had earlier announced that all matches at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 would have T20I status.[21] Nepal lost the status in July 2015, after failing to qualify for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.[22]

Nepal played their first ever Twenty20 International series against Hong Kong in November 2014 in Sri Lanka. Initially the series was scheduled for three matches[23] but only one match was played because of continuous rain and poor ground conditions.[24] Nepal lost the match but Sompal Kami put in impressive performance by scoring 40 off 31 balls,[25] coming in at No. 10. This is a world-record for the highest score made by a batsman at that position.[26]

Nepal played their second Twenty20 International series against the Netherlands from 30 June to 3 July 2015. Nepal lost the 4 match series 3–1. Paras Khadka was named the player of the series.[27]

21st centuryEdit

2000 – 2009Edit

In 2000, Nepal's youth development policy began to pay off when the Nepal national under-19 cricket team finished eighth in the Under-19 World Cup. The senior side had their best performance to date later in the year when they reached the semi-finals of the 2000 ACC Trophy before losing to Hong Kong at Sharjah.[28] They competed in the ICC Trophy for the first time the following year. In the tournament in Ontario, they beat Germany and Gibraltar, but a loss to eventual runners-up Namibia prevented them from progressing past the first round.[29]

Nepal were runners-up to the UAE in the 2002 ACC Trophy in Singapore[30] and they hosted the ACC Emerging Nations Tournament in 2003, winning easily against Bhutan and the Maldives. They won so comprehensively that they were not invited back to the tournament the next time it was played in 2005.[18] Raju Khadka became the first Nepalese cricketer to score an international century, when he slammed an unbeaten 105 off just 50 balls against Bhutan in the tournament.[31]

Nepal played first-class cricket for the first time in 2004, playing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the UAE and Malaysia. They beat Malaysia,[32] but drew with the UAE,[33] failing to reach the semi-final stage. Nepal finished third in the 2004 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament, which qualified them for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup,[34] and finished 5th in the 2004 ACC Trophy, which qualified them for the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished third in this tournament after beating Qatar[35] in a play-off, meaning that they did not qualify for the 2005 ICC Trophy. Shakti Gauchan scored a century against Italy and stayed unbeaten on 106 off 103 balls in the tournament.[36] They beat the UAE and drew with Hong Kong in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, but missed out on qualification for the semi-finals by half a point. They were runners-up to the UAE in the 2005 ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament.[37]

In March 2006, Nepal played Namibia in Windhoek in a play-off match to decide the final team in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Nepal needed to win outright to qualify for the main tournament, but the match was drawn after there was no play on the first day.[38] Later in the year, they toured Pakistan, playing against the Pakistan Cricket Academy[39] before playing in the 2006 ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur.

In the 2006 ACC Trophy, Nepal bowled Myanmar out for just 10 off 12.1 overs after Nepal won the toss and sent Myanmar in; no batsman scored more than one, the innings included five ducks, and extras top scored with five (three leg byes and two wides). Mehboob Alam and Binod Das picked up seven wickets and three wickets respectively.[40] In reply, Nepal hit three off the first ball, followed by three wides that went for five, and then hit another three from the second legitimate delivery to win by ten wickets. Some critics called it the greatest mismatch in the history of international cricket[41] and the score of 10 is the lowest in any level of men's international cricket. They finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Afghanistan in a play-off.[42] They won the ACC Premier League in 2006.[43]

They played in the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait, where they finished fourth in their first round group.[44]

In May 2008, Nepal traveled to Jersey to play in 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five of the World Cricket League. Mehboob Alam set the world record by taking all ten wickets in the match against Mozambique. He got his name in the Guinness World Records for becoming the first bowler to take all 10 wickets in an ICC international cricket match with limited overs.[45] Nepal topped Group A after the group qualifying matches but lost to Afghanistan in the semi-final[46] and finished third overall after defeating the USA in the playoff for third place.[47] With only the top two from this tournament qualifying for 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Four in Tanzania later in the year, Nepal missed out on the chance to take their 2011 World Cup dream any further. Later, Nepal appeared in the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite and finished fourth after losing to the UAE in the semi-final[48] and to Afghanistan in the playoff for third place.[49]

Nepal finished fifth in the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup after beating Singapore by 9 wickets in the playoff for fifth place.[50] In a group match against Kuwait, Nepal needed 7 runs off the last ball to win. Binod Bhandari, making his debut for the national team, hit a last-ball six to tie the match. Eventually Nepal won the match in bowl-out.[51]

2010 – 2014Edit

Nepal won their first major tournament, beating USA in the final of 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five held at Kathmandu in February 2010.[52] Sharad Vesawkar scored a century and stayed unbeaten on 105 off 134 balls against Fiji in the tournament.[53] Nepal played very well in 2010 ACC Trophy Elite, winning all the matches in group stage and beating Malaysia in the semi-final by 8 runs[54] but lost the final against an ODI team Afghanistan by 95 runs and finished runners-up.[55] Nepal came third in 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four, thus remaining in Division Four for 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four.[56] In November, Nepal appeared in 2010 Asian Games and lost against Sri Lanka in the quarter-final.[57] It was the first match Nepal had played against a Full Member nation.

In December 2011, Nepal hosted the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup and finished fourth, thereby qualifying for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.[58]

Nepal finished seventh in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier after defeating Kenya[59] and Papua New Guinea[60] in play-offs. Shakti Gauchan took the first international hat-trick for Nepal against Denmark in the tournament.[61] In September 2012, Nepal appeared in 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four, where Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal both scored century. Subash Khakurel scored 115 off 142 balls against United States[62] and Anil Mandal scored 113 off 134 balls against Denmark.[63] In a match against Malaysia, Shakti Gauchan set up Nepal's convincing victory with a new record. The left-arm orthodox spinner's figures of 10–8–2–3 is the best economical bowling spell ever in limited over encounters.[64][65] Nepal won all the six matches of the tournament and progressed to 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three. Nepalese players won man of the match awards in all the six matches Nepal played and Basanta Regmi won the player of the tournament award after taking a total of 21 wickets in the tournament.[66] In October, Nepal competed in 2012 ACC Trophy Elite and had to share the trophy with the UAE after a thrilling tied final in Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE on 12 October 2012. UAE posted 241, a target that looked in Nepal's sight after their 94-run opening stand. However, they lost wickets consistently, and eventually needed 12 off the last over with just two wickets in hand. Shakti Gauchan smacked Shadeep Silva's left-arm for a six, but could manage only one run off the last ball, hence ending a splendid final match in a tie.[67] Skipper Paras Khadka scored an unbeaten 106 off just 77 balls against Kuwait, his maiden century for Nepal, in the tournament.[68]

Nepal competed in 2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup held at home grounds in Kirtipur and Lalitpur. Nepal easily marched towards the final of the tournament with high class performance from their captain, Paras Khadka, and the team thrashed the UAE by 6 wickets.[69] Nepal had earlier qualified for 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, reaching the semi-final of the tournament. Nepal had to be satisfied with runners-up status after losing to an ODI team Afghanistan by 7 wickets.[70] The Nepalese team was supported by a huge fan following throughout this tournament with an average turnout of 15,000 – 20,000 (about 25,000 in the semi-final and final) during their matches while hundreds of thousands watched live on television – undoubtedly the largest public support outside the Test-playing nations.[71] Nepal won the 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three held in Bermuda and qualified for the 2014 World Cup Qualifier.[72] Nepal also played in 2013 ACC Emerging Teams Cup, where under-23 age level teams of the four Test nations – Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka took part along with the UAE, Afghanistan and the hosts Singapore.[73] Nepal finished third in 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in UAE[74] and qualified for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, defeating Hong Kong off the last ball of the thrilling quarter-final.[75]

Nepal missed out on qualification for the 2015 World Cup, finishing ninth in the 2014 World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand in January.[76] Nepal were the best of the three associate teams on display in Group A of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. They comprehensively beat Hong Kong,[77] held their own with the bat against Bangladesh[78] and pulled off a strong win against Afghanistan,[79] their first since 2004 in any format against their old rivals.[80] Nepal's bowlers did not bowl a single wide or no ball throughout the tournament.[81] Nepal were also the only team to not concede 140 in an innings in the tournament.[82] Nepal finished third in the 2014 ACC Premier League, where they beat ODI teams UAE[83] and Hong Kong, and qualified for the 2014 ACC Championship.[84] In September, Nepal participated in the 2014 Asian Games but failed to qualify beyond quarter-finals.[85] Nepal won the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three held in Malaysia and qualified for the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two.[86] Gyanendra Malla scored his maiden century, 114 off 125 balls, against Singapore in the tournament.[87] In November, Nepal toured Sri Lanka, as Sri Lanka Cricket approved a request from the Asian Cricket Council to support the region's Non-Test playing countries,[88] where they played two three-day matches against Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI.[89][90] and a Twenty20 International series against Hong Kong.

2015 – 2017Edit

Nepal finished fourth in the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia[91] and qualified for the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship.[92] But Nepal failed to secure promotion to Division One and qualification to 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup after finishing third in the round-robin stage.[93][94] Basanta Regmi became the first bowler to take 100 wickets in the World Cricket League. He achieved this feat after taking 2 wickets against Netherlands in the tournament.[95] On 11 April 2015, Nepal hosted a 63-over (31.3 overs per side) tribute match in honour of the Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes who was batting on 63 when he was struck by a bouncer. The match was played at the TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur between Team Red, combined of players of Nepal and Australia and Team Blue, composed of all Nepalese players.[96] In June, Nepal toured Netherlands to play a Twenty20 International series against the home team. Then Nepal appeared in the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in Ireland and Scotland, where the team finished seventh in the Group A,[97] thus failing to qualify for the second consecutive ICC World Twenty20.[98]

2018 – presentEdit

Nepal finished second in 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two to earn a place in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. On 15 March, Nepal claimed One Day International (ODI) status for the first time with their win over Papua New Guinea in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 9th place play off encounter.[14] Due to gaining ODI status, Nepal also regained Twenty20 International (T20I) status. After gaining ODI status, Nepal's captain at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier, Paras Khadka, said that they want to gain Test status, which he believes will take between eight and ten years to achieve.[99] Nepal played their first 3 match ODI series against UAE and won 2-1, their first ODI series win. Paras Khadka became the first batsman to score an ODI century for Nepal. Rohit Kumar Paudel became the world's youngest player to score a half century in ODI and Sandeep Jora became the world's youngest player to score half century in T20I format.

Tournament historyEdit

World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
  1975 Not eligible
  1979
  1983
   1987
    1992
      1996
  1999
  2003 Did not qualify
  2007 Not eligible
      2011
    2015 Did not qualify
  2019 Did not qualify
  2023
Total 0 Titles 0 0 0 0 0

ICC T20 World CupEdit

T20 World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
  2007 Not eligible
  2009
  2010
  2012 Did not qualify
  2014 Group Stage 12th 3 2 1 0 0
  2016 Did not qualify
  2020 Qualification on progress
  2021 To be determined
Total 0 Titles 12th 3 2 1 0 0

World Cup QualifierEdit

  • 1979 to 1986 inclusive: Not eligible – Not an ICC member
  • 1990: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
  • 1994: Not eligible – ICC affiliate member
  • 1997: Did not participate
  • 2001: First round
  • 2005: Did not qualify
  • 2009: Not eligible – In Division Five
  • 2014: 9th place
  • 2018: 8th place

ICC T20 World Cup QualifierEdit

  • 2012: 7th place
  • 2013: 3rd place (Qualified for 2014 ICC World Twenty20)
  • 2015: Round 1
  • 2020: TBD

World Cricket LeagueEdit

ICC Intercontinental CupEdit

ACC ChampionshipEdit

ACC Fast Track Countries TournamentEdit

ACC Premier LeagueEdit

ACC TrophyEdit

ACC Twenty20 CupEdit

Asian GamesEdit

  • 2010: Quarter-finals
  • 2014: Quarter-finals

Asia Cup QualifierEdit

Records and StatisticsEdit

International Match Summary – Nepal[100][101]

Playing Record
Format M W L T NR Inaugural Match
One Day Internationals 6 3 3 0 0 1 August 2018
Twenty20 Internationals 17 7 9 0 1 16 March 2014

One Day InternationalsEdit

ODI record versus other nations[100]

Records complete to ODI #4089. Last updated 31 January 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First match First win
vs Associate Members
  Netherlands 2 1 1 0 0 1 August 2018 3 August 2018
  United Arab Emirates 4 2 2 0 0 30 August 2018 26 January 2019

Twenty20 InternationalsEdit

T20I record versus other nations[101]

Records complete to T20I #830. Last updated 14 July 2019.

Opponent M W L T NR First Match First win
vs Test nations
  Afghanistan 1 1 0 0 0 20 March 2014 20 March 2014
  Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 0 18 March 2014
  Ireland 1 0 1 0 0 13 July 2015
vs Associate Members
  Hong Kong 3 1 2 0 0 16 March 2014 16 March 2014
  Malaysia 2 2 0 0 0 13 July 2019 13 July 2019
  Netherlands 5 1 3 0 1 30 June 2015 3 July 2015
  Papua New Guinea 1 0 1 0 0 17 July 2015
  United Arab Emirates 3 2 1 0 0 31 January 2019 1 February 2019

SquadEdit

The following list contains players contracted by Cricket Association of Nepal for year 2015.[112]

This lists all the players who have played for Nepal in the past 12 months and the forms in which they have played. Correct as of 20 January 2019.

Key

  • C/G = Contract grade
  • S/N = Shirt number
Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic Team C/G Forms S/N
Captain and All-rounder
Paras Khadka 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast, Right-arm off break Province No. 3 A ODI, T20I 77
Vice Captain
Gyanendra Malla 28 Right-handed Province No. 3 A ODI, T20I 11
Batsmen
Dipendra Singh Airee 19 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast, Right-arm off break Nepal Police Club A ODI, T20I 45
Aarif Sheikh 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium Nepal Police Club B ODI, T20I 24
Sharad Vesawkar 30 Right-handed Right-arm off break Armed Police Force Club A ODI, T20I 5
Anil Sah 20 Right-handed Right-arm off break Armed Police Force Club B ODI, T20I 7
Dilip Nath 21 Left-handed Nepal Police Club C List A 4
Rohit Paudel 16 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Armed Police Force Club B ODI, T20I 17
Bhim Sharki 17 Right-handed Right-arm off break Tribhuwan Army Club
Sundeep Jora 17 Right-handed Right-arm medium Armed Police Force Club ODI, T20I
Wicket-keepers
Binod Bhandari 29 Right-handed Tribhuwan Army Club C ODI, T20I 14
Subash Khakurel 26 Right-handed Armed Police Force Club C ODI, T20I 9
Pradeep Airee 26 Right-handed Right-arm medium Armed Police Force Club T20I
All-rounders
Karan KC 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast Armed Police Force Club B ODI, T20I 33
Sompal Kami 23 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Tribhuwan Army Club A ODI, T20I 10
Sagar Pun 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break Tribhuwan Army Club C ODI, T20I 7
Pawan Sarraf 19 Right-handed Right-arm off break Armed Police Force Club ODI, T20I
Pace Bowlers
Lalit Bhandari 22 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Nepal Police Club B ODI, T20I 72
Abinash Bohora 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium Armed Police Force Club T20I 3
Spin Bowlers
Sandeep Lamichhane 18 Right handed Leg break A ODI, T20I 25
Basanta Regmi 33 Left-handed Left-arm orthodox spin Armed Police Force Club A ODI, T20I 19
Lalit Rajbanshi 20 Right handed Left-arm orthodox spin Nepal Police Club B ODI, T20I 27
Shakti Gauchan 35 Right-handed Left-arm orthodox spin Province No. 5 B ODI, T20I 44

Coaching staffEdit

  • Head Coach –   Umesh Patwal


  • Manager –   Raman Shiwakoti
  • Physiotherapist –   Dinesh Bhatta

Future TournamentsEdit

Nepal is set to play the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Region Final from July 23. The winner of this tournament will play in the 2019 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier.

See alsoEdit

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