The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Friday confirmed that it will be hosting Netherlands and Malaysia for a Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series on the third week of April.
The three nations will be competing in the April 17-24 Series which has been named Bajaj Pulsar Tri Nations Series. The three teams will compete in a double round robin league with the top two teams clashing in the final.
Following the reduction in COVID cases and resumption of domestic competition since December 2020, it is an ideal time to bring back international cricket to Nepal. The spring weather also presents excellent cricket conditions in Kathmandu, the cricket governing body said in a press statement.
The players and the match officials will be in bio-secure bubble will undergo tests ahead of the tournament.
“I would like to thank both Netherlands and Malaysia Cricket for working closely in a very short duration to get this series happening. We are delighted to announce the return of international cricket in Nepal, CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand.
Netherlands, who compete in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League that includes 12 Test nations, have not played international cricket since November, 2019. “I am overwhelmed at the announcement of the Tri Series in Nepal,” said Netherlands coach Ryan Campbell.
“The boys have worked so hard for over a year with so much uncertainty on when our next match will be. Playing Nepal and Malaysia will present us with an extremely tough re-entry into world cricket but it’s a challenge we are very much looking forward to,” the coach told CAN through the statement.
Malyasia Cricket Association President Mahinda Vallipuram was equally happy to see his nation making a return to international cricket. “It is indeed very pleasing to see the revival of international cricket after a year-long drought. The last international match in which our team played was in early 2020 at the T20 ACC Eastern Region in Thailand,” said Vallipuram.
Nepal last hosted an international tournament in 2020 January in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tri-Series that involved USA and Oman. The team’s last international tournament was also the ACC Twenty20 Eastern Region Asia Cup Qualifier in Thailand.
Nepal had lost to Malaysia in Thailand, while their last meeting against Dutch was during the Pentangular Twenty20 International Series in Oman where they had beaten the Associated arch rivals.