As the scorching sun sneaked behind the huge red backdrop picturing the national cricket heroes, folk band Kutumba welcomed the evening with their traditional tunes. With three instrumental elapsed, the stage welcomed the national heroes in motorbikes through the inclined plane designed especialy for the purpose and then came a song that every Nepali boasted recently at a global stage — Sayau thunga phool ka haami eutai mala Nepali.
From Los Angeles to Sydney and from African desert to the polar region, Nepalese celebrated their national anthem at the global stage and now the men in blue and red were there at the hometown with the song that binds every Nepali into one single thread. Lined up in national team jersey, every name from the squad was cheered with huge applause and among them was skipper Paras Khadka who addressed the crowd in his own touch.
“You are the reason why we have been playing cricket. We have been here because of your support. We have hunger to do even better and keep loving cricket and we assure of even better days. We played here in Tudikhel and who knows one day cricketers from this place will give Nepal the glory,” the crowd roared when Paras ended his speech.
It was a day of celebration and a giving a feeling once again to remind how proud every citizen have been for being a Nepali. Artistes Dharmendra Sewan and Santosh Lama added more patriotism performing Dhaka topi.
Wearing the traditional Nepali cap is always a great feeling and when Dharmendra said a surprise was there, cricketers wearing the Dhaka in front of the stage was the picture to be circulated in modesty. The Dharmendra-Santosh show was followed by address from the organizers and sponsors who assured that cricket — a sport that has established every Nepalese in the global map — is now a darling sport of the country.
After the district administration quashed organizers’’ hopes of honoring the cricketers with the amount collected from ticket sales, the idea of establishing a cricketers’ relief fund was even better. Ranjeet Acharya, the man behind the big-stage honour and CEO of organisors Prisma Advertising, already had plan ‘B’.
“The cricketers have done so many things from the country and though we couldn’t materialise our plans of honouring them with the amount from ticket sales, we planned to establish a relief fund through our own resources,” said Acharya.
Turning towards the cricketers, Acharya said: “We would like to assure you that, we will always be standing beside you for your support.” The relief fund has already generated close to half million rupees.
A rock flavour was added to the event when Deepak Bajracharya and his band along with Robin and the New Revolution with both bands lauding Nepali team and its performance.