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Nepal to play in Mecca of Cricket

Although a place in the World Twenty20 is already lost and the country is left with a free international schedule with only World Cricket League Championship coming their way, Nepal have earned themselves an opportunity to play cricket in Lord’s – The Mecca of Cricket.

 

Test cricket always makes headlines when any batsman scores a Test ton and Lord’s and Nepali cricketers will have that opportunity. Nepal are set to play their first ever match at the Lord’s in England when they take on Marylebone Cricket Club for a match to mark the 200 years of Nepal-England bilateral relationship.

 

MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson himself confirmed about the news as he spoke to media during a press conference in Kathmandu. “The game will be played during July in 2016 to mark the centenary of Nepal-England relationship,” said Stephenson during the press conference.

 

Stephenson is here in Nepal for a short fact-finding mission to the country. MCC – world’s oldest cricket club established in 1787 – will also visit Nepal from November 13-24 for a five-match series.

 

After the April 25 Great Quake, MCC’s pre-arranged tour of Nepal was thrown into uncertainty but Stephenson cleared all the clouds on Tuesday. “Apart from the 50-over competitive matches, it could be a charity series,” said Stephenson.

 

Nepal skipper Paras Khadka was happy to get MCC in Nepal for the third time. MCC had previously visited Nepal in 2003 and 2009. “We are glad to finally manage MCC’s tour of Nepal. After the earthquake, they are the first team to visit Nepal so their tour is going to be special for us,” said Khadka who has an experience of playing with MCC during the Champion County Tour of 2014 where he played against Sussex.

 

CAN Chief Executive Office Bhawana Ghimire said the MCC will play two matches with the national cricket team with three others to be played by a combined team.

 

“Since the MCC tour clashes with Nepal’s World Cricket League Championship match against Papua New Guinea slated for November 16 and 18 in Abu Dhabi, they will play against the country’s premier cricketers after their return,” said Ghimire. 

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