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Years of hard work has got Nepal here: Khadka

Nepal captain says participating in ICC World T20 2014 will do good for the sport in his country

Years of hard work has got Nepal here: Khadka - Cricket News
Paras Khadka said that the ICC World T20 2014 will be an opportunity for the team to present Nepal cricket to the world.
Nepal captain Paras Khadka on Monday (March 10) stressed on the hard work Nepal had put in over a decade to get to their current level in world cricket. Nepal is among six teams to have qualified in 2013 for the first round of the ICC World Twenty20, which begins on March 16.

"I think we are here to present Nepal cricket to 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 to 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."

With the government already having shown interest in the sport, Khadka reckoned that Nepal’s participation in the tournament would do well to boost cricket in that country. 

"We have been playing cricket since 1996. 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, it came as a huge surprise for Nepal to be playing at this level. This will be a breakthrough for the country itself," he said. 

Nepal forced observers of the game to sit up and take notice after its performance in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2006 in Sri Lanka, where it was Plate Champions. 

Khadka said the senior team was building on the good work of the youngsters. "There was always the criticism that we only do well at the U-19 level. But the national team has been doing well in the last two years. You need the junior structure as well. What we need is a basic structure back home," he said.

Left arm spinner Rahul Vishwakarma spoke about realising his childhood dream to play among his heroes. "It feels great to be playing at this level, we belong at this level," Vishwakarma said. "Hopefully we will do well."

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