Having regained ODI status in December, the Netherlands are set to host Nepal for a historic two-match ODI series in August.
Nepal will travel to the Netherlands for their first bilateral one-day international series, the Netherlands Cricket Bond confirmed earlier this month.
Both the sides are set to play two ODIs on 1 and 3 August, shortly after their Twenty20 Triangular series against MCC at Lord’s, the final of which will be on 29 July.
Nepal sealed ODI status in March at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 after finishing as the highest-ranked Associate side in the tournament – they were eighth in the ten-team event after suffering a 45-run loss to the Netherlands in the seventh-place play-off.
Netherlands had already secured ODI status, after finishing atop the World Cricket League Championship in December.
This will be first ODI series hosted by the Netherlands since 2013, when South Africa toured for a one-off match at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen.
Ryan Campbell, the Netherlands coach, said, “It’s going to be a fantastic series for both countries as it will be our first ODI since regaining our status lost in 2014. It will also be Nepal’s first ODI ever.
"These games present us with another opportunity to expose our youngsters to top quality cricket and I’m excited to keep watching their development.”
Speaking to media, he added, “Nepal are an exciting team as we've all seen from the IPL Sandeep Lamichanne is a world class player, will be a privilege to have them here. Nepal have always drawn good crowds in Holland, I'm sure it will be a great occasion.”
This will be the latest step in Nepal’s gradual rise to international prominence in cricket.
In May, Lamichhane, the leg-spinner, was added to the ICC World XI squad to play the Windies in a T20I, the proceeds of which will go towards the refurbishment of the stadia in the Caribbean damaged by the hurricanes.
Lamichhane said it was an honour for the entire country. “I am privileged to have been chosen to be part of the ICC World XI against the Windies. It is an honour for the entire country and passionate followers of Nepal cricket, as well as an indicator that we are making our mark on the international game.”
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