Nepal national cricket team

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Logo of  Cricket Association of Nepal
Logo of Cricket Association of Nepal
ICC membership granted 1988
ICC member status Associate member
ICC development region Asia
World Cricket League division Three
Captain Nepal Paras Khadka
Coach Sri Lanka Pubudu Dassanayake
First recorded match 6 September 1996 v BangladeshBangladesh, Malaysia
Twenty20 Internationals
Twenty20 Internationals played 3
Twenty20 International wins/losses 2/1
First class cricket
First class matches played 4
First class wins/losses 2/0
List A cricket
List A matches played 6
List A wins/losses 1/5
Twenty20 cricket
Twenty20 matches played 19
Twenty20 wins/losses 11/8
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 2 (First in 2001 ICC Trophy)
Best result First round, 2001,2014
ICC World Twenty20
Appearances 1 (First in 2014)
Best result Round 1,2014
As of 22 march 2014

The Nepal Cricket Team is the team that represents Nepal in international cricket. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1996, having previously been an affiliate member since 1988.1

They have been participating in international matches since 1996, including every ACC Trophy tournament,2ACC Twenty20 Cup, the 2001 ICC Trophy3 and two ICC Intercontinental Cups2 Nepal National Cricket team also participate in 2010 Asian Games and more recently ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. Nepal is currently the winner of 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three. On 27 November 2013, Nepal qualified for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, which would be their first appearance in a major ICC tournament. Nepal is also qualified for 2014 ACC Premier League going to held in Malaysia between 4–10 May 2014 . Nepal have a lot chance to qualify for ACC Championship 2014 going to be held beetwen 7–14 December 2014 if Nepal finish top 4 in 2014 ACC Premier League .



Cricket was introduced to Nepal by the ruling Rana dynasty when they returned from studies in England in the 1920s, though the game was kept very much for themselves and the other elite. The Cricket Association of Nepal was formed in 1946 to promote cricket amongst the aristocracy.2

When Nepali people overthrew the Rana family in 1951, cricket began to spread to the rest of the population. In 1961 the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) became part of the National Sports Council, to attempt to promote cricket in the whole of Nepal, though this tended to be limited to Kathmandu until the 1980s.2

ICC membership

Improvements to the communication and transport infrastructures in Nepal allowed the game to expand outside Kathmandu in the 1980s2 and Nepal became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 1988.1 A major development programme was begun in the early 1990s, with regional and district tournaments established and cricket being promoted in schools.2

The interest in cricket increased quickly, and demand to play was such that teams in tournaments had to be restricted until more facilities were built in the mid-1990s.2 Nepal became an associate member of the International Cricket Council in 1996,1 which was the year the national side played for the first time, in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur, in which Nepal finished fourth out of six teams in their first round group, beating Brunei and Japan.4

The facilities in Nepal had improved enough by 1998 to allow them to host that year's ACC Trophy at grounds in Lalitpur and Kirtipur (at Tribhuvan University) and Kathmandu.5 Nepal themselves were unsuccessful in the tournament, going without a win.6


Nepal National Cricket team during 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three
Paras Khadka welcome at Newzealand ( Auckland Airport )
Paras and Anil
Nepali cricket Fans in Bermuda during 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three.

21st century

In 2000, Nepal's youth development policy began to pay off when the Nepal Under-19 team finished eighth in the Under-19 World Cup.7 The senior side had their best performance to date later in the year when they reached the semi-finals of the ACC Trophy before losing to Hong Kong at Sharjah.8 They competed in the ICC Trophy for the first and, to date, only time the following year. In the tournament in Ontario, they beat Germany and Gibraltar, but a loss to eventual runners-up Namibia prevented them from progressing past the first round.3

In 2002, Nepal were runners-up to the UAE in the ACC Trophy in Singapore9 and they hosted the ACC Emerging Nations Tournament in 2003, winning easily against Bhutan and the Maldives. They won so comprehensively that they were not invited back to the tournament the next time it was played in 2005.2

Nepal played first-class cricket for the first time in 2004, playing in the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the UAE and Malaysia. They beat Malaysia, but drew with the UAE, failing to reach the semi-final stage.10 They finished third in the ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament during 2004, which qualified them for the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup,11 and finished 5th in the ACC Trophy, which qualified them for the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy.12 They finished third in this tournament after beating Qatar in a play-off, meaning that they did not qualify for the 2005 ICC Trophy in Ireland.13 They beat the UAE and drew with Hong Kong in the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup, but missed out on qualification for the semi-finals by half a point.14 They were runners-up to the UAE in the 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament.15

In 2006 ACC Trophy, Nepal came against Myanmar, where Myanmar were bowled out for just 10 off 10.1 overs 16 after losing the toss and being sent in; no batsman scored more than one, the innings included five ducks, and extras top scored with five (three leg byes and two wides). Nepal hit three off the first ball, followed by three wides that went for five, and then hit another three from the second legitimate delivery to win by ten wickets. Some critics called it the greatest mismatch in the history of international cricket,and the score of 10 is the lowest in any level of men's international cricket.

In March 2006, Nepal played Namibia in Windhoek in a play-off match to decide the final team in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Needing to win outright to qualify for the main tournament, the match was drawn after there was no play on the first day.17 Later in the year, they toured Pakistan, playing against the Pakistan Cricket Academy18 before playing in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur. They finished fourth in the tournament after losing to Afghanistan in a play-off.19 They won the first ACC Premier League in 2006.20 They most recently played in the ACC Twenty20 Cup in Kuwait, where they finished fourth in their first round group.21

In May 2008, Nepal travelled to Jersey to play in Division Five of the World Cricket League. Although Nepal topped Group A after the group qualifying matches, they lost their semi-final to Afghanistan and finished third overall after defeating the USA in a playoff. With only the top two from this tournament qualifying for Division Four in Tanzania later in the year, Nepal missed out on the chance to take their 2011 World Cup dream any further.2223

Nepal won their first major tournament beating USA in the final of World Cricket League Division Five held at Kathmandu in February 2010.They then came 3rd in 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four,thus remaining for 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four.

While in 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four, Subash Khakurel and Anil Mandal both scored century. Subash Khakurel scored 115 of 142 balls against United States and Anil Mandal scored 113 off 134 balls against Denmark. Nepal won all the five matches of the tournament and got five man of the match awards along with Basanta Regmi grabbing the player of the tournament. Nepal being the winner of the 2012 ICC World Cricket League Division Four progressed to division three which was held in March 2013.

After a thrilling tied final in Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE on 12 October 2012, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates shared the 2012 ACC Trophy Elite. Saqib Ali led UAE's recovery from 24 for 3 to help them post 241, a target that looked in Nepal's sight after their 94-run opening stand. However, they kept losing wickets consistently, and eventually needed 12 off the last over with just two wickets in hand. Shakti Gauchan, who had taken three wickets earlier, smacked Shadeep Silva's left-arm for a six, but could manage only one run off the last ball, hence ending a splendid final match in a tie.

The Winners of Trophy Nepal and UAE along with 3rd Ranked Afghanistan played in 2013 ACC Emerging Teams Cup with under-23 age level teams of the 4 test nations - Bangladesh, India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka along with the hosts Singapore. Nepal also competed in 2013 ACC Twenty20 Cup held at home-grounds in Kirtipur and Lalitpur. Nepal easily marched towards the final of the tournament with high class performance from Captain Paras Khadka and the team, thrashing UAE by 6 wickets in 19.1 overs before restricting them to 133/9 in the Semi-finals held at Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, Kirtipur. Nepal had earlier qualified for 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, reaching the Semi-final of the tournament, to be organized in UAE in October 2013. Nepal played Afghanistan in the final on 3 April 2013, which Nepal had to satisfy with a runners-up status after losing to an ODI status Afghan team by 7 wickets with 13 balls to spare for the target of 136 runs. Nepali cricket team was supported by a huge fan following throughout this tournament with average turnout of more than 11,000 crowds (more than 20,000 in Semi-final and final) during their matches while hundreds of thousands watching live in Television, which could possibly be the largest fan followers of cricket beside the Test playing nations. Nepal won the 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three held in Bermuda and qualified 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier which was held in New Zealand in January, 2014. Nepal finished third in 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in UAE. Thousands of Nepalese fans turned out at the stadiums to witness their heroes playing, throughout the tournament. Nepal had earlier qualified for 2014 ICC World Twenty20 which will be held in Bangladesh in March, 2014, defeating Hong Kong in the last ball of the thrilling Quarter-final of the tournament. This qualification is the greatest achievement in the history of Nepali Cricket.

Nepal missed out on qualification for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, finishing ninth in the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand in January when wicket-keeper and opening batsman Subash Khakurel did not play any match due to fever, and all-rounder skipper Paras Khadka picked up side strain. Nepal was the best of the three associate teams on display in Group A of 2014 ICC World Twenty20. It comprehensively beat Hong Kong, held its own with the bat against Bangladesh and pulled off a strong win against Afghanistan, its first since 2004 in any format against its old rivals. Nepal showed very disciplined bowling by not bowling a single wide or no ball throughout the tournament. Nepal was also the only team of the tournament not to concede 140 runs.

Tournament history

ACC Championship

Cricket World Cup

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
England 1975 Did not qualify
England 1979
England 1983
IndiaPakistan 1987
Australia New Zealand 1992
India Pakistan Sri Lanka 1996
England 1999
South Africa 2003
West Indies Cricket Board 2007
India Sri Lanka Bangladesh 2011
Australia New Zealand 2015
England 2019 -
Total 0 Titles 0/0 0 0 0 0 0

ICC World Twenty20

World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2007 Did not qualify
England 2009
West Indies Cricket Board 2010
Sri Lanka 2012
Bangladesh 2014 First 2 3 2 1 0 +0.933
India 2016
Total - - 3 2 1 0 -

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

ICC Intercontinental Cup

Year Round
2004 1st round10
2005 1st round10
2006/07 Did not qualify17
2007/08 Did not participate24

World Cricket League

ICC World Cup Qualifier

  • 1979 to 1986 inclusive: Not eligible - Not an ICC member1
  • 1990: Not eligible - ICC affiliate member1
  • 1994: Not eligible - ICC affiliate member1
  • 1997: Did not participate25
  • 2001: First round3
  • 2005: Did not qualify13
  • 2014: 9th place 26

ACC Trophy

  • 1996: First round4
  • 1998: First round6
  • 2000: Semi-Finals8
  • 2002: Runners up9
  • 2004: 2nd place12
  • 2006: 4th place19
  • 2008: 4th place (Elite)27
  • 2010: Runners-up
  • 2012:Winners(Shared trophy with UAE)

ACC Twenty20 Cup

  • 2007: Group stage
  • 2009: 5th place
  • 2011: 4th place
  • 2013: Runners-up

ACC Premier League

Asian Games


International Records

Twenty20 International

ICC Trophy

Current Squad

The following list contains the final 15 players and 4 reserve players in Nepal's squad for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 :
Name Age Batting Style Bowling Style
Captain and All Rounder
Paras Khadka 26 Right Hand Bat Right-arm medium-fast, Right-arm off break
Vice-captain and Middle-order batsman
Gyanendra Malla 23 Right Hand Bat
Opening batsmen
Anil Mandal 23 Right Hand Bat
Pradeep Airee 21 Right Hand Bat Right-arm medium
Middle-order batsmen
Binod Bhandari 24 Right Hand Bat Right arm
Naresh Budhayer 22 Right Hand Bat Right-arm off break
Sharad Vesawkar 25 Right Hand Bat Right-arm off break
Basanta Regmi 28 Left Hand Bat Left-arm orthodox spin
Sagar Pun 21 Right Hand Bat Right-arm off break
Shakti Gauchan 29 Right Hand Bat Left-arm orthodox spin
Wicket-keeper and Opening batsman
Subash Khakurel 21 Right Hand Bat
Amrit Bhattarai 23 Right Hand Bat Left-arm medium
Jitendra Mukhiya 21 Right Hand Bat Right-arm medium-fast
Rahul Vishwakarma 21 Left Hand Bat Left-arm orthodox spin
Sompal Kami 18 Right Hand Bat Right-arm fast-medium


  1. Avinash Karn
  2. Bhuwan Karki
  3. Mahesh Chhetri
  4. Prithu Baskota

Future Matches

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e f Nepal at CricketArchive
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Encyclopedia of World Cricket by Roy Morgan, Sports Books Publishing, 2007
  3. ^ a b c 2001 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
  4. ^ a b 1996 ACC Trophy at CricketEurope
  5. ^ 1998 ACC Trophy at CricketArchive
  6. ^ a b 1998 ACC Trophy Points Table at CricketArchive
  7. ^ 2000 Under-19 World Cup at CricketEurope
  8. ^ a b Scorecard of Hong Kong v Nepal, 21 November 2000 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ a b Scorecard of Nepal v UAE, 21 July 2002 at CricketArchive
  10. ^ a b c 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  11. ^ 2004 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament at the Asian Cricket Council website
  12. ^ a b 2004 ACC Trophy at official website of the 2005 ICC Trophy
  13. ^ a b Scorecard of Nepal v Qatar, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  14. ^ 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  15. ^ 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Tournament points table at official ACC website
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  17. ^ a b Scorecard of Namibia v Nepal, 23 March 2006 at CricketArchive
  18. ^ Nepal in Pakistan 2006/07 at CricketArchive
  19. ^ a b Scorecard of Afghanistan v Nepal, 25 August 2006 at CricketArchive
  20. ^ 2006 ACC Premier League points table at ACC official website
  21. ^ 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup at CricketEurope
  22. ^ ECC newsletter January 2008
  23. ^ Asia's way to the 2011 World Cup
  24. ^ 2007/08 ICC Intercontinental Cup at CricketEurope
  25. ^ 1997 ICC Trophy at Cricinfo
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  43. ^ Nepal's Scorecard of ACC T20 Trophy 2013 at cricketingnepal

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