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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Good news for Nepal.

Cricket chiefs readmitted Zimbabwe and Nepal as ICC member on Monday following a three-month suspension over political interference for the former.

An ICC statement said the move followed a meeting in Dubai involving the Zimbabwe cricket chairman Tavengwa Mukuhlani and sports minister, Kirsty Coventry.

“I would like to thank the Zimbabwe sports minister for her commitment to the reinstatement of Zimbabwe cricket,” said ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.

“Her desire to work in support of Zimbabwe cricket was clear and she has unconditionally complied with the conditions set down by the ICC board.”

Zimbabwe will now be able to take up their place in the men’s Under-19 World Cup in January and the ICC Super League later in 2020.

Nepal has also been readmitted as an ICC member on a conditional basis following their 2016 suspension for a breach of the ICC regulations which prohibit government interference and require free and fair elections.

Manohar said: “Given the progress made in Nepal, a transition plan will now be developed for the cricket Association of Nepal to support full compliance with associate membership criteria, which will also involve controlled funding.”

Zimbabwe’s punishment was imposed in July after the cricket board was suspended by the government and replaced with an interim committee.

Political turmoil within the sport and a string of humiliating performances led Zimbabwe to suspend their involvement in Test cricket in 2005 although they continued to play one-day internationals and Twenty20 (T20) internationals at the highest level.

They returned to Test cricket in 2011 but are languishing in 11th place in the rankings.

They are 12th in the ODI rankings and did not qualify for this year’s World Cup in England and Wales.

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