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Nepal climb their ODI mountain

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Nepal achieved ODI status for the first time in their history, and seemingly everyone interested in cricket rejoiced.

Thanks to their victory over Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands' win over Hong Kong, Nepal have become an ODI nation for the first time. Their captain Paras Khadka was unequivocal about just how much it means to him and his team, and about how much work has gone into it.

“It’s massive,” said Khadka. “It’s something we have worked towards for a very long time. As a team we’ve been pushing ourselves. We’re very glad that we’re winning games through different situations, players are standing up and everyone’s contributing. As a captain I’m very happy to lead such an amazing bunch of boys. We’ve always been hungry to do well.”

“Winning games through different situations” is putting it mildly, with Nepal having developed a flair for thrillers, and a penchant for winning games from seemingly impossible situations. They qualified for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier by finishing second in World Cricket League Division Two, beating Kenya by three wickets on the last ball of their 50 overs, Namibia by one wicket with four balls remaining, and most remarkably of all, Canada by one wicket on the last ball of the game, last pair Sandeep Lamichhane and Karan KC adding a scarcely believable 51 as Nepal recovered from 144/9 in pursuit of 195.

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Nepal beat PNG by 6 wickets in CWCQ play-off to gain ODI status

It’s a journey that has won them cricketing fans across the globe, and there was no shortage of past legends and current players lining up to pay tribute to their achievement.

Nepal have had to overcome amazing odds both on and off the field to achieve this remarkable feat. But what might be most remarkable of all is that their journey is only just beginning.

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