KATHMANDU — Nepal for the first time have secured an historic International Cricket Council’s One Day International status for next four years with a six-wicket win over Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Netherlands defeated Hong Kong in other play-off games of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers at Old Hararians ground in Harare, Zimbabwe on Thursday.
Thanks to the Netherlands whose defeat of Hong Kong in another play-off match was instrumental in Nepal’s graduation to ODI status for the next four years (2018-2022).
After achieving an historic feat, Nepali Skipper Paras Khadka thanked all the well wishers and supporters of Nepali Cricket despite failing to reach super six stage of the qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
After defeating PNG, Nepal were waiting for the result of another play-off match between the Netherlands and Hong Kong. Nepal automatically gained the ODI status after the Netherlands beat Hong Kong by 44 runs.
Nepal will now play for the seventh place final of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers against Netherlands on Saturday.
Earlier, Nepal sealed an emphatic victory over Papua New Guinea after man of the match Dipendra Singh Airee bagged four wickets before returning to notch 50 not out runs to take his team home.
Airee took four wickets from 4.4 overs and also clobbered a half-century to chase 115 runs target in the victory in the 23rd over. It was Nepal’s only victory against PNG in 50-over format after losing the previous two games.
Airee and Sandip Lamichhane, who also had four wickets, ripped apart PNG’s batting lineup to bowl them out for 114 runs in the 28th over. Sompal Kami and Karan KC also took a wicket each.
Nepal, PNG, Hong Kong and Netherlands had failed to qualify for the Super Six round. Since, Netherlands have already become an ODI nation and PNG out of contention following the defeat.