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Paras nominated for ICC Associate Player of the Decade

Nepal’s former national team captain Paras Khadka was among the list of six cricketers nominated by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the ICC Men’s Association player of the decade.

The list is dominated by a trio of Scottish headed by their captain Kyle Coetzer, Callu McLeod and allrounder Richie Berrington. The Scotland trio had been instrumental in leading their nation to the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Papua New Guinea captain Asad Vala and former Dutch skipper Peter Borren are the other two nominees in the category which will be decided through voting in ICC’s official website.

Paras, who resigned from his post last year, was the key in Nepal’s maiden and so far the only appearance at a global cricket showpiece in 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. After being appointed the national team captain, replacing Binod Das, he has led the team in earning the One Day International status in 2018.

When Paras was appointed the captain, Nepal were languishing in the Division, the fifth rung in ICC’s hierarchy of non-Test playing nations. He is the only cricketer from the country to have Twenty20 International and One Day International century.

Both came last year after Nepal achieved the ODI status in 2018 through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in March in Zimbabwe.

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