As nation celebrated the national cricket team’s qualification for the ICC World Twenty20, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Wednesday took the team in a victory rally that offered many colors.
Cricketingnepal.com is bringing you some of the highlights from the rally in words.
The rally began from Hotel Crown Plaza – the national team’s hotel – in Naxal and set forth for more than two-and-a-half hour journey.
After CAN was unable to manage the chariots – which it earlier said will be a chariot rally –, once again mini truck was used and was decorated with garlands and flowers.
The rally was joined by CAN officials, fans and journalists and surprisingly there was very less number of people turning up with numbers not exceeding more than 200.
After beginning from Naxal, the rally travelled Durbar Marg, Ghanta Ghar, Bag Bazaar, Putalisadak, Exhibition Road, Bhadrakali, Shahid Gate before culminating at the National Sports Council in Tripureshwor.
“Coach kasto, Pubudu jasto,” “captain kasto, Paras jasto,” World Cup khelna paiyo, hamilai stadium chahiyo” were some of the slogans used by the participants and the one that struck in everyone’s mind was a modified version: “HAMRO CRICKET, HAMRO DESH PRAN BHANDHA PYARO CHA.”
The traditional “Panche Baaja” was used for the rally and it provided a lot of entertainment for the passersby when the participants danced and sang.
People passing by the rally kept on filming the rally and picturing them in their mobiles.
Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel, Youth and Sports Ministry Acting Secretary Shanti Ram Sharma, NSC Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama and ace taekwondo player and Olympian Deepak Bista congratulated the players and delivered speech.
Acting secretary Sharma had to cut short his speech because of some unruly fans who repeatedly shouted for sports channel and stadium throughout the programme at NSC.