Nepalese cricket team in the Netherlands in 2018

The Nepalese cricket team toured the Netherlands in August 2018 to play two One Day Internationals (ODIs) matches against the Dutch cricket team.[1][2] They were the first ODI matches to be played by Nepal since they were awarded ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[3][4][5] It was the first ODI series to be played in the Netherlands since 2013, when South Africa played a one-off match,[6] and the first ODI matches to be played by the Netherlands since the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.[7]

Nepalese cricket team in the Netherlands in 2018
  Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Nepal.svg
  Netherlands Nepal
Dates 1 – 3 August 2018
Captains Pieter Seelaar Paras Khadka
One Day International series
Results 2-match series drawn 1–1
Most runs Wesley Barresi (83) Gyanendra Malla (64)
Most wickets Fred Klaassen (6) Paras Khadka (5)

In July 2018, the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB) confirmed the venues for the two matches.[8][9] Later in the same month, Nepal's Shakti Gauchan announced that he would retire from international cricket after the conclusion of the series.[10] He played in the first match of the series before retiring.[11]

The Netherlands won the first ODI by 55 runs, with Michael Rippon named the man of the match.[7] Along with Nepal's starting eleven all making their ODI debuts in the match, five players in the Netherlands' squad also made their debuts in the format.[7] Nepal won the second match by one run, to record their first win in ODIs, and therefore drawing the series 1–1.[12][13] Following the win, Nepal's captain Paras Khadka said it felt great and that it "shows a lot of character within the team".[14]


  Netherlands[15]     Nepal[10]

ODI SeriesEdit

1st ODIEdit

1 August 2018
189 (47.4 overs)
134 (41.5 overs)
Michael Rippon 51 (76)
Paras Khadka 4/26 (10 overs)
Gyanendra Malla 51 (61)
Pieter Seelaar 3/20 (9 overs)
Netherlands won by 55 runs
VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen
Umpires: Rizwan Akram (Ned) and Sarika Prasad (Sin)
Player of the match: Michael Rippon (Ned)

2nd ODIEdit

3 August 2018
216 (48.5 overs)
215 (50 overs)
Sompal Kami 61 (46)
Fred Klaassen 3/38 (10 overs)
Wesley Barresi 71 (89)
Sandeep Lamichhane 3/41 (10 overs)
Nepal won by 1 run
VRA Cricket Ground, Amstelveen
Umpires: Huub Jansen (Ned) and Sarika Prasad (Sin)
Player of the match: Sompal Kami (Nep)
  • Nepal won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Lalit Bhandari, Subash Khakurel and Rohit Paudel (Nep) all made their ODI debuts.
  • Rohit Paudel (Nep), at the age of 15 years and 335 days, became the fourth-youngest player to make his debut in an ODI.[16]


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  2. ^ "Nepal set to play first ODI against the Netherlands". The Kathmandu Post. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Nepal set to play their first ODI in August 2018". CricTracker. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Nepal thrash PNG to secure ODI status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Full of hope, Nepal get ready for historic ODI debut". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  6. ^ "The Netherlands line up historic ODI series against Nepal". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "'I am trying to be quite hard on myself' – Michael Rippon". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Netherlands plays Nepal twice". KNCB. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Nepal to make ODI debut on Netherlands tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Nepal spinner Shakti Gauchan to retire after Netherlands tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Shakti 'The Power' turns the switch off". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Nepal clinch one-run thriller to record maiden ODI win". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Nepal register dramatic maiden ODI win by one run". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Maiden ODI win 'shows character' of the Nepal team – Paras Khadka". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Selecties Nederlands XI voor Lord's en Nepal". KNCB. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Rohit Kumar Paudel becomes fourth youngest ODI debutant". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 3 August 2018.

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