Nepal to battle the Netherlands and MCC at Lord's

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The latest nations to gain ODI status invited to play a triangular T20 tournament in July.

Nepal cricket received another shot in the arm as the team were invited to participate in a triangular Twenty20 tournament with the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Netherlands at Lord's.

The tournament will be played on Sunday 29 July and all the matches, including the final, will be on the same day.

Nepal, who gained T20I status in 2014 became the latest nation to be granted full one-day international status after impressive performances at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2018 in Zimbabwe.

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The Asian side have played one game at Lord's in 2016 where they defeated MCC by 41 runs.

Paras Khadka, the Nepal skipper said: “It gives me immense pleasure that Nepal will play at the Home of the Cricket again this year with MCC and the Netherlands. Playing at Lord’s is always special and we are really looking forward to it."

The Netherlands, who recently claimed the 13th spot in the one-day international league by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship, last played at Lord's back in 2012 in a 40-over competition hosted the the England Cricket Board.

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Netherlands beating England at Lord’s
Netherlands beating England at Lord’s

One of their greatest triumphs in the shortest format of the game came at the same ground, when they stunned England at the ICC World T20 2009 by four wickets.

"Any time a cricketer is given the opportunity to play at Lord’s, it is something they should cherish and will think of for the rest of his life," said Ryan Campbell, the Netherlands head coach. "For us to be invited to play there against the MCC and Nepal will be a very special occasion and I’m sure all of our players will be doing everything they can to gain selection into that squad.”


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