Paras Khadka steps down as captain a day after Nepal are reinstated as an ICC member

Sport360 staff 15:35 15/10/2019
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Nepal stalwart Paras Khadka. Image: ICC/Twitter.

A day after Nepal reclaimed ICC membership on a conditional basis, veteran batsman Paras Khadka announced his resignation as the skipper of the men’s team.

The 31-year-old took over the reins of the Nepalese team in 2009 and was the longest serving captain of any team in associate cricket. Khadka’s tenure saw the time rise meteorically in international cricket with Nepal attaining ODI status for the first time in their history in May, last year.

The right-hander, who can also bowl some hand off-spin as well as medium pace, is the first Nepalese batsman to register an ODI ton when he led the team to a famous series victory over the UAE earlier this year.

Most recently in September, he became the first Nepal batsman to score a T20I ton with his feat coming against Singapore.

Khadka took to Instagram to announce his decision to step down from captaincy.

“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,” he wrote in his social media post.

“I have hereby decided to resign from my post as the captain of Nepal cricket team as there has to be a new way of taking things forward with a fresh start and a committed vision with everyone involved.

“Would like to thank all the players, coaches, umpires, groundsmen, friends, and my family who have helped me throughout this incredible journey. Until next time.”

Star Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane hailed Khadka for the leadership he has displayed over the course of his captaincy.

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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 and we'd all love to see you representing Nepal for as many years as possible! You truly are a legend that has made a huge mark on all of our hearts. Here's to you Captain! The Legend Daju @paraskhadka77 🙏 तपाईंको नेतृत्वको अन्तर्गत यात्रा सुरु गर्दै हामी त्यस्ता स्थानहरूमा पुगेका छौं जुन नेपाल क्रिकेट पहिले पहिले कहिल्यै नसकेको थियो। तपाईंले विगतका वर्षहरूमा मलाई र धेरै युवाहरूलाई प्रेरित गर्नुभयो र हामीलाई यो सुन्दर खेललाई प्रेम गर्न सबै कारणहरू दिनुभयो। तपाईको भविष्यका प्रयासका लागि हार्दिक शुभकामना र हामी तपाईलाई सकेसम्म धेरै बर्ष नेपालको प्रतिनिधित्व गरेको देख्न चाहन्छौं! तपाईं साँच्चिकै एक लिजेन्ड हुनुहुन्छ जसले हाम्रो सबै हृदयमा ठूलो छाप पारेको छ। यहाँ तपाईं क्याप्टेन हुनुहुन्छ! द लिजेन्ड दाज़ु पारस खड्का 🙏

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“Starting the journey under your captainship, we’ve reached places Nepal cricket had never been able to before” Lamichhane wrote, while paying tribute to Khadka.

“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 and we’d all love to see you representing Nepal for as many years as possible! You truly are a legend that has made a huge mark on all of our hearts.”

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