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Nepali team returning home today with ODI status

Mar 18, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

After achieving the historic One Day International status in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers, Nepali cricket team is returning home today.

The team had left from Zimbabwe on Sunday at 7:00 PM and will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport at 6:00 PM, informed national team technical analyst and manager Raman Shiwakoti. 

Nepal created this history after they defeated Papua New Guinea in the Qualifiers on March 15. Nepal, alongside Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea were up in the battle for ODI status for the last available spot and it was Nepal who hit the jackpot. 

This is another benchmark for Nepali cricket in its 22-year long history after beginning their journey in the world cricket as an Associate nation in 1996. Nepal have made a tremendous progress by securing ODI status for the first time –an achievement described as “remarkable” and hailed in global arena. 

The ODI status has opened opportunities for Nepal to play against the elites of world cricket in 50-over format. It will also generate funding from ICC and provide Nepali team with the much-needed international exposure, provided the country manages to make full use of it.


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