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“The number of cricket fans that we have matches any Test-playing country”
Nepal captain Paras Khadka has announced that the upcoming World Twenty20 in Bangladesh means a lot to the national team since they “are here to present Nepal cricket in front of the whole world”.
Khadka was also pleased that Nepal finally qualified for the tournament after a decade of hard work.
“I think we are here to present Nepal cricket in front of the whole world,” Khadka said. “It is a great opportunity for us. It is not like we have only qualified for this tournament and worked for three months. We have been playing for 10-12 years with hard work and playing continuous cricket. We are here to compete and play to the best of our ability. If we play to our potential, things should be good for us.”
Khadka added that the popularity of cricket in Nepal has already skyrocketed after news broke that the national team had qualified for the World Twenty20.
“I think we have been playing cricket since 1996,” Khadka said. “We have been part of the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) since then. CAN (Cricket Association of Nepal) is one of the oldest sporting associations back home. We are getting there.
“Football and cricket are the two most popular sports. Everybody follows us. Kids love the game. The game is really growing big time. It is very exciting. We have an amazing fan following back home. The number of cricket fans that we have matches any Test-playing country.
“For most people, Nepal came as a huge surprise to be playing at this level. This will be a breakthrough for the country itself. Once we qualified for the World Cup, the government is very keen to find out how to develop cricket further. I hope we can move forward from here.”