Nepal national cricket team


Nepal national cricket team
Nepal
Flag of Nepal
Flag 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]

They have been participating in international matches since 1996, including every ACC Trophy tournament,[2] the 2001 ICC Trophy[3] and two ICC Intercontinental Cups.[2]

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History

Beginnings

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.[2]

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.[2]

ICC membership

Improvements to the communication and transport infrastructures in Nepal allowed the game to expand outside Kathmandu in the 1980s[2] and Nepal became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 1988.[1] A major development programme was begun in the early 1990s, with regional and district tournaments established and cricket being promoted in schools.[2]

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.[2] Nepal became an associate member of the International Cricket Council in 1996,[1] 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.[4]

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.[5] Nepal themselves were unsuccessful in the tournament, going without a win.[6]

21st century

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[3]

In 2002, Nepal were runners-up to the UAE in the ACC Trophy in Singapore[9] 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.[2]

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.[10] They finished third in the ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament during 2004, which qualified them for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup,[11] and finished 5th in the ACC Trophy, which qualified them for the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] They were runners-up to the UAE in the 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament.[15]

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.[16] Later in the year, they toured Pakistan, playing against the Pakistan Cricket Academy[17] before playing in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. They finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Afghanistan in a play-off.[18] They won the first ACC Premier League in 2006.[19] They most recently played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait, where they finished fourth in their first round group.[20]

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.[21][22]

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.

Tournament history

ICC Intercontinental Cup

World Cricket League

ICC World Cup Qualifier

  • 1979 to 1986 inclusive: Not eligible - Not an ICC member[1]
  • 1990: Not eligible - ICC affiliate member[1]
  • 1994: Not eligible - ICC affiliate member[1]
  • 1997: Did not participate[24]
  • 2001: First round[3]
  • 2005: Did not qualify[13]

ACC Trophy

  • 1996: First round[4]
  • 1998: First round[6]
  • 2000: Semi-Finals[8]
  • 2002: Runners up[9]
  • 2004: 2nd place[12]
  • 2006: 4th place[18]
  • 2008: 4th place (Elite)[25]
  • 2010: Runners-up

ACC Twenty20 Cup

  • 2007: Semi-finals
  • 2009: 5th place

ACC Premier League

Asian Games

  • 2010: Quarter-finals

Records

Overall

  • Highest team score: 397/8 against Bhutan, Kathmandu, 2003[2]
  • Highest individual score: 108 by Mahaboob Alam against Malaysia, Kathmandu, 2005[2]
  • Best innings bowling: 10/12 by Mahaboob Alam against Mozambique, Jersey, 2008,Record best at asscciate/affiliate level,only 3rd time in world cricket [2]

ICC Trophy

Current squad

The following list contains the 15 players in Nepal's squad for the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four:
  1. Paras Khadka (c)
  2. Gyanendra Malla (VC)
  3. Sujan Chapagain
  4. Shakti Gauchan
  5. Sharad Vesawkar
  6. Mahesh Chhetri (wk)
  7. Anil Mandal
  8. Amrit Bhattarai
  9. Basanta Regmi
  10. Binod Das
  11. Sanjam Regmi
  12. Rahul Kumar BK
  13. Mahaboob Alam
  14. Manjeet Shrestha
  15. Pradeep Airee

The future

In November 2010, Nepal are due to compete in the 2010 Asian Games, held in Guangzhou, China. This will be the first Asian Games in which cricket will be an event.

In 2012, Nepal will again compete in Division Four of the World Cricket League.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Nepal at CricketArchive
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sports Books Publishing, 2007
  3. ^ a b c 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  4. ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  5. ^ 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketArchive
  6. ^ a b 1998 ACC Trophy Points Table at CricketArchive
  7. ^ 2000 Under-19 World Cup at CricketEurope
  8. ^ a b Scorecard of Hong Kong v Nepal, 21 November 2000 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ a b Scorecard of Nepal v UAE, 21 July 2002 at CricketArchive
  10. ^ a b 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  11. ^ a b 2004 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament at the Asian Cricket Council website
  12. ^ a b 2004 ACC Trophy at official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
  13. ^ a b Scorecard of Nepal v Qatar, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  14. ^ a b 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  15. ^ a b 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament points table at official ACC website
  16. ^ a b Scorecard of Namibia v Nepal, 23 March 2006 at CricketArchive
  17. ^ Nepal in Pakistan 2006/07 at CricketArchive
  18. ^ a b Scorecard of Afghanistan v Nepal, 25 August 2006 at CricketArchive
  19. ^ a b 2006 ACC Premier League points table at ACC official website
  20. ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup at CricketEurope
  21. ^ ECC newsletter January 2008
  22. ^ Asia's way to the 2011 World Cup
  23. ^ 2007/08 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  24. ^ 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  25. ^ http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CRICKETEUROPE/DATABASE/2008/TOURNAMENTS/ASIATROPHYELITE/about.shtml
  26. ^ Nepal Totals of 150 and More in an Innings in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
  27. ^ Individual Scores of 50 and More in an Innings for Nepal in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive
  28. ^ Four or More Wickets in an Innings for Nepal in the ICC Trophy at CricketArchive

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