Paras Khadka

Paras Khadka retires from international cricket

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Former Nepal captain Paras Khadka announced his retirement through a social media post on Tuesday, 3 August.

The all-rounder played 10 ODIs and 33 T20Is for Nepal, scoring 1114 runs, including seven fifty-plus scores. He also has 17 international wickets to his name.

Khadka represented Nepal in three Under-19 World Cups – in 2004, 2006 and 2008 and was named captain of the side in 2009. His biggest achievement remains in leading his country in the 2014 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, after finishing third in the 2013 Qualifier. He also starred in their first ever ODI win in 2018, against the Netherlands.

"Playing for Nepal has been my biggest achievement and for that I will always be indebted towards my coaches, players, fans, stakeholders, friends and family for their continuous support over the last 18 years since I started as a young 15 year old back in 2002," he said in the statement.

"Why now? Because it’s about time. As a cricketer, I have given my heart, blood and soul and have always dreamt to achieve the best for my country.

"My ultimate dream is to see Nepal have a better cricketing system, for which I have spent all my energy in the past two decades,” he wrote. "I believe, with everyone’s honest effort and intentions, we will be able to reach greater heights."

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