- Nepal national cricket team
NepalFlag of Nepal ICC membership granted 1988 ICC member status Associate member ICC development region Asia World Cricket League division Four Captain Paras Khadka Coach Pubudu Bathiya Dassanayake First recorded match 6 September 1996 v Bangladesh at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia First class cricket First class matches played 4 First class wins/losses 2/0 ICC World Cup Qualifier Appearances 1 (First in 2001) Best result First round, 2001 As of 27 February 2010
The Nepal national cricket team is the team that represents the country of Nepal in international cricket matches. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1996, having previously been an affiliate member since 1988.
- 1 History
- 2 Records
- 3 Current squad
- 4 The future
- 5 See also
- 6 References
Cricket was introduced to Nepal by the ruling Rana dynasty when they returned from studies in England and India in the 1920s, though the game was kept very much for themselves and the other elite. The Cricket Association of Nepal was formed in 1946 to promote cricket amongst the aristocracy.
When King Tribhuvan overthrew the Rana family in 1951, cricket began to spread to the rest of the population. A team of Nepali players visited India in 1954, and in 1961 the Cricket Association of Nepal became part of the National Sports Council, to attempt to promote cricket in the whole of Nepal, though this tended to be limited to Kathmandu until the 1980s.
Improvements to the communication and transport infrastructures in Nepal allowed the game to expand outside Kathmandu in the 1980s and Nepal became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 1988. A major development programme was begun in the early 1990s, with regional and district tournaments established and cricket being promoted in schools.
The interest in cricket increased quickly, and demand to play was such that teams in tournaments had to be restricted until more facilities were built in the mid 1990s. Nepal became an associate member of the International Cricket Council in 1996, which was the year the national side played for the first time, in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur, in which Nepal finished fourth out of six teams in their first round group, beating Brunei and Japan.
The facilities in Nepal had improved enough by 1998 to allow them to host that year's ACC Trophy at grounds in Lalitpur, Kirtipur (at Tribhuvan University) and Kathmandu. Nepal themselves were unsuccessful in the tournament, going without a win.
In 2000, Nepal's youth development policy began to pay off when the Nepal Under-19 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 ACC Trophy before losing to Hong Kong at Sharjah. They competed in the ICC Trophy for the first and, to date, only 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.
In 2002, Nepal were runners-up to the UAE in the ACC Trophy in Singapore 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.
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, but drew with the UAE, failing to reach the semi-final stage. They finished third in the ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament during 2004, which qualified them for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and finished 5th in the ACC Trophy, which qualified them for the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy. They finished third in this tournament after beating Qatar in a play-off, meaning that they did not qualify for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland. 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 Nations Tournament.
In March 2006, Nepal played Namibia in Windhoek in a play-off match to decide the final team in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Needing to win outright to qualify for the main tournament, the match was drawn after there was no play on the first day. Later in the year, they toured Pakistan, playing against the Pakistan Cricket Academy before playing in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. They finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Afghanistan in a play-off. They won the first ACC Premier League in 2006. They most recently played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait, where they finished fourth in their first round group.
In May 2008, Nepal travelled to Jersey to play in Division Five of the World Cricket League. Although Nepal topped Group A after the group qualifying matches, they lost their semi-final to Afghanistan and finished third overall after defeating the USA in a playoff. With only the top two from this tournament qualifying for Division Four in Tanzania later in the year, Nepal missed out on the chance to take their 2011 World Cup dream any further.
Nepal won their first major tournament beating USA in the final of World Cricket League Division Five held at Kathmandu in February 2010.They then came 3rd in 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four,thus remaining for 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four.
- 2004: 1st round
- 2005: 1st round)
- 2006/07: Did not qualify
- 2007/08: Did not participate
- 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
- 1996: First round
- 1998: First round
- 2000: Semi-Finals
- 2002: Runners up
- 2004: 2nd place
- 2006: 4th place
- 2008: 4th place (Elite)
- 2010: Runners-up
- 2007: Semi-finals
- 2009: 5th place
- 2010: Quarter-finals
- Highest team score: 397/8 against Bhutan, Kathmandu, 2003
- Highest individual score: 108 by Mahaboob Alam against Malaysia, Kathmandu, 2005
- Best innings bowling: 10/12 by Mahaboob Alam against Mozambique, Jersey, 2008,Record best at asscciate/affiliate level,only 3rd time in world cricket 
- Highest team score: 175/9 against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001
- Highest individual score: 52 by Dipendra Chaudhary against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001
- Best innings bowling: 4/23 by Parash Luniya against Germany, Maple Leaf Cricket Club, King City, Ontario, Canada, 2001
- The following list contains the 15 players in Nepal's squad for the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four:
- Paras Khadka (c)
- Gyanendra Malla (VC)
- Sujan Chapagain
- Shakti Gauchan
- Sharad Vesawkar
- Mahesh Chhetri (wk)
- Anil Mandal
- Amrit Bhattarai
- Basanta Regmi
- Binod Das
- Sanjam Regmi
- Rahul Kumar BK
- Mahaboob Alam
- Manjeet Shrestha
- Pradeep Airee
In 2012, Nepal will again compete in Division Four of the World Cricket League.
- Nepal Under-19 cricket team
- List of Nepalese first-class cricketers
- Nepal national women's cricket team
- ^ a b c d e f Nepal at CricketArchive
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sports Books Publishing, 2007
- ^ a b c 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
- ^ 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketArchive
- ^ a b 1998 ACC Trophy Points Table at CricketArchive
- ^ 2000 Under-19 World Cup at CricketEurope
- ^ a b Scorecard of Hong Kong v Nepal, 21 November 2000 at CricketArchive
- ^ a b Scorecard of Nepal v UAE, 21 July 2002 at CricketArchive
- ^ a b 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
- ^ a b 2004 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament at the Asian Cricket Council website
- ^ a b 2004 ACC Trophy at official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
- ^ a b Scorecard of Nepal v Qatar, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
- ^ a b 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
- ^ a b 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament points table at official ACC website
- ^ a b Scorecard of Namibia v Nepal, 23 March 2006 at CricketArchive
- ^ Nepal in Pakistan 2006/07 at CricketArchive
- ^ a b Scorecard of Afghanistan v Nepal, 25 August 2006 at CricketArchive
- ^ a b 2006 ACC Premier League points table at ACC official website
- ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup at CricketEurope
- ^ ECC newsletter January 2008
- ^ Asia's way to the 2011 World Cup
- ^ 2007/08 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
- ^ 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
- ^ http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CRICKETEUROPE/DATABASE/2008/TOURNAMENTS/ASIATROPHYELITE/about.shtml
- ^ Nepal Totals of 150 and More in an Innings in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- ^ Individual Scores of 50 and More in an Innings for Nepal in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
- ^ Four or More Wickets in an Innings for Nepal in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
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