The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is organising a 63-over Tribute Match in memory of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes on April 11 at the TU Stadium grounds.
Phil Hughes died on November 27, two days after he was hit by a fatal delivery while playing againstNew South Wales on Sheffield Shield game. Hughes, playing for Southern Australia, was batting on 63 runs, before he was hit by the bouncer and was rushed to the hospital.
Nepali national team cricketers and visiting Aussie cricketers will combine to form two teams playing 31.3 over-a-side match.
“Our cricketers and fans in Nepal have united in this desire to pay their respect and celebrate the spirit of the late Philip Hughes who played cricket with such innocence and joy,” says CAN Chief Executive Officer Bhawana Ghimire.
“We expect Tribhuvan University Stadium to be as full as it has ever been for this Tribute Match and already there is much demand for tickets,” told CEO Ghimire.
All the proceeds from the Tribute Match will go to the Mt Everest Expedition which is also going to be a part of Nepal’s tribute program. Following the Tribute Match, one of Hughes’ bats and his jersey, brought over from Australia, will be taken to Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
The press release also extended a gratitude to Cricket Australia (CA) and family members of Hughes. CA was positive in organizing the match in and sending Australia cricketers to Nepal while his family members gave nod to the proposal of CAN to organize a match to give a tribute to Hughes.