National cricket team skipper Paras Khadka said the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to let Nepal play the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) is a ‘blessing’ to Nepal.
Although Nepal finished fourth in the ICC World Cricket League Division-II held in Namibia last week, the cricket’s governing body granted Nepal and Kenya the opportunity to play in the WCLC – one of the Division-I tournaments that will see eighth teams competing with each in the 50-over home and away format.
The opportunity to play in the WCLC opened up for Nepal after the ICC granted established Associate giants Ireland and Afghanistan a place in the rankings-based qualification for the 2019 World Cup alongside 10 Full Member countries.
“This is blessing to all the hard work done by the players, coach and support given by Nepali cricket fans and lovers,” said Paras. “This provides us a great platform for us where we can prove ourselves that we belong to higher level,” the skipper told cricketingnepal.com.
The place in the WCLC will see Nepal travel to Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands, Namibia and Kenya for away matches and host them in their country. With continuous activity, the opportunity is also a challenge for the country’s cricket administration.
Paras Khadka was spot on to deal with the opportunity. “We now have Twenty20 International Status and WCLC, which is close to being an ODI team. Unless we improve on our domestic structure and along with infrastructure, these achievements will have no meaning,” said Paras.