Nepali Cricket: Getting bigger and stronger
The country recently witnessed the mega cricketing event as Everest Premier League with six city based franchise teams, last December. Around 15000 spectators watching in the ground and millions of cricket fans watching the tournament live in television, EPL established a new benchmark in Nepali domestic cricket. With lots of positivity, Nepali cricket seems unstoppable getting more bigger and bigger. Nepali cricket must hold this momentum getting qualified for ICC world cup qualifiers from the ICC World Cricket League Division II that is to be held 8-15th this February. The 13-day mega cricketing event not only was just a cricket tournament, it was a beginning of a new era in Nepali cricket fraternity with entertainment, glamour and professionalism.
It’s a greatness of Mr. Aamir Akhtar, the director of mega cricketing event EPL, besides many hurdles and challenges, he succeeded to meet the dreams of every stakeholders, players, corporates and fans with successful accomplishment of the tournament. In the absence of cricketing body and proper infrastructures he managed to fulfill the spirit of cricket with regulations from ICC. There are huge tournaments on the way, deciding the fate of Nepali cricket. The ICC World Cricket League Division II, ICC World Cup Qualifiers (if Nepal gets qualified from WCL Division II and last but not the least, another mega event Dhangadi Premier League.
The bottom 4 teams from the 2015-17 World Cricket League Championship (Kenya, UAE, Nepal and Namibia) along with top 2 teams (Canada and Oman) from 2017 ICC WCL Division III will fight for the final two spots in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier. The ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 is scheduled to start from 4th March featuring hosts Zimbabwe, West Indies, Ireland, Afghanistan, Hongkong, Netherlands, Scotland, PNG and top two teams from ICC WCL Division II. The 10 teams compete to fight out for two places in the ICC World Cup 2019. The finalists in the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 grabs the remaining two spots of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Netherlands along three highest finishing Associate Member sides will earn ODI status till 2022.
Nepalese young sensation, Sandeep Lamichhane has been included in the list of players that will be up for auction in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 edition. With base price of INRs. 20 lakhs, he now becomes the first and only Nepalese player to be included in IPL Auction till date.
Soon after the international tournaments, Nepali cricket will witness another electrifying domestic cricketing event as Dhangadi Premier League. The citi-based franchise teams will participate in the nation’s highest cash prize tournament. DPL definitely will add another strong brick in the development of Nepali cricket scouting the young talents at domestic level. The next few months will decide the fate of the Nepali cricket.