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National team returns after sealing Qualifiers' spot

Feb 17, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |
The national cricket team on Saturday returned from Namibia after securing a berth in next month's ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers beginning in Zimbabwe from March 4

Nepal had finished runners-up to the UAE after narrowly losing the final match by seven runs at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek on February 15. Former Youth and Sports Minister Daljit Shripali welcomed the national team. 

Nepal had finished at the top of the table after winning four matches in the league stage. Around 300 supporters had made the Tribhuvan International Airport vibrant to get the sight of their favourite cricketers. 

After a week-long training camp in Kathmandu, the cricketers will leave for Zimbabwe to compete in the 10-team Qualifiers that sends the top two teams into the 2019 Cricket World Cup to be held in England.

Nepal are pitted in Group 'B' alongside new Test entrants Afghanistan, another Test team Zimbabwe, Scotland and Hong Kong in the Qualifiers. The Group 'B' comprises of West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and the UAE. 

After the group stage matches, the top three teams will make it to the Super Six from where two teams book advance to the final, most importantly sealing World Cup spots.

For Nepal, the Qualifiers is the biggest tournament they have ever played in their cricket history as it involves four Test teams. The top three-ranked Associate nations in the Qualifiers will get ODI status.    


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