Nepal out to surprise big teams


Kathmandu :

Nepal will take on hosts Zimbabwe in their Group B match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday.

The match marks Nepal’s journey against Test nations although the two sides have met three times in the ICC U-19 World Cup.

Zimbabwe had defeated Nepal by 137 runs in the Plate Championship final of the Youth World Cup in 2002 in New Zealand and also recorded a two-run victory in the group stage four years later in Sri Lanka. Paras Khadka led Nepal to a 99-run victory over Zimbabwe in the quarter-final of the Plate Championship in the U-19 Youth World Cup in Malaysia in 2008.

Before leaving for the competition, Khadka had said that the tournament was another opportunity to play and record wins against Test-playing sides. As Nepal are targeting the Super Six stage of the competition, they need to come up with surprising results in a group that also includes Afghanistan, Scotland and Hong Kong.

Skipper Khadka told the ICC that said his side wanted to make impression against the higher-ranked nations. “We are very excited to be here. Division-II was a very tight tournament for all the teams, but we somehow managed to come through. So, we are now looking forward to this tournament,” Khadka said. “Pressure is probably on the bigger teams, but for us, we have the belief that we can go all the way through and for that we will have to take one game at a time,” he added.

Top three teams from both groups will advance to the Super Six stage. The West Indies, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates are in Group A. The finalists will earn berths in next year’s World Cup, while the Netherlands plus three top Associate sides will earn One Day International status for the next four years.
Published: March 04, 2018 4:55 am