Watch: Heroes’ welcome for Nepal team in Kathmandu after gaining ODI status

first_imgNepal cricket team and the support staff got a heroes welcome when they landed in Kathmandu on Monday.Nepal gained ODI status for the first time in history last week when they beat Papua New Guinea by 6 wickets in their Cricket World Cup Qualifier play-off match at the at Old Hararians Sports Club.Thousands of fans, along with the media, gathered at Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal’s capital city to greet the team with garlands and banners.Hundreds of fans have flocked to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to welcome Nepal’s cricket team home from #CWCQ, where they clinched ODI status. (@ICC) March 19, 2018The fact that the Cricket Association of Nepal (the official governing body of cricket in the country) is currently suspended makes the achievement ever more astounding. Continued government interference prompted ICC to take such a step.Nepal was given Affiliate status by the ICC back in 1988, and then in 1996 were awarded the Associate status. Twelve years on they have now confirmed their place among the big boys and have ODI status for the next four years from 2018 to 2022).Congratulations to Nepal!They will be an ODI team following #CWCQ after it was confirmed they will face Netherlands in the 7th place play-off! (@ICC) March 15, 2018Nepal finished the World Cup Qualifiers in fourth place in Group B with one win and three losses in four games. Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong both lost their ODI status after respective losses and were demoted to the World Cricket League Division 2.advertisementTo the well wishers of Nepal Cricket : Its the Result of Years of Hard Work ! Years of Patience ! Hard work of many Legends and here we are now. A big proud day for all the people of NepalWhat a beautiful journey so far. Together its Possible. Nepal – An ODI Nation ! Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) March 15, 2018Hong Kong eventually beat PNG ninth-place play-off on Saturday to securing at least one ODI game in the next four years.last_img read more