Nepal captain Paras Khadka has stepped down from the leadership role, following his team's readmission as an ICC Associate Member on Monday, 14 October.
Nepal had been reinstated on a conditional basis, following their 2016 suspension for breach of the ICC regulations, which prohibit government interference and require free and fair elections. While the move could result in great future prospects for Nepal, opening up avenues for funding, it also brought about a surprise call from Khadka, 31, who made his decision public via social media on Tuesday, 15 October.
Great to know that the suspension of Nepal cricket has been lifted and would like to wish the new committee to work for the betterment of Nepal cricket,players and its stake holders.— Paras Khadka (@paras77) October 15, 2019
I have hereby decided to resign from my post as the captain of Nepal cricket team.
Jai Nepal !! pic.twitter.com/YuRBZkR7bU
The all-rounder had lead Nepal to their first-ever ODI series win, against UAE in January this year, and had also become his country's first ODI century-maker in the process. In September, he scored an unbeaten 106 in a tri-series game against Singapore, registering Nepal's first individual hundred in the format.
Starting the journey under your captainship, we've reached places Nepal cricket had never been able to before. You've inspired so many youths including me in the past years and given us all more reason to love this beautiful game. Best wishes for your future endeavors,— Sandeep Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) October 15, 2019
Khadka has an even record as ODI captain, winning three games out of six from August 2018 to January 2019. His captaincy stint in T20Is had begun at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2014. Thereafter, he led his team to 11 wins from 26 completed games, up until the recent pentangular series in Oman, where they finished third, securing two wins out in four matches.