Nepal set to play their first ODI in August 2018
The venues for the two matches are not decided yet.
Published - May 24, 2018 1:48 am | Updated - May 24, 2018 1:48 am
Team Nepal was recently granted the ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC). This came as a big news for the cricket loving Asian nation. Now, they are set to play their first ODI in the coming season. The recent reports reveal that the Nepalese team will play their first two ODIs against Netherlands in August this year. The venues for the two matches are not decided yet.
The dates, however, have been confirmed. As per the reports in Cricbuzz, the matches will be played on August 1 and August 3. It is worth noting that prior to the two ODI matches, Nepal will face off against Netherlands and the MCC in a tri-series which is scheduled to be played in the last week of July. The last time Nepal and Netherlands locked horns was a couple of months ago.
They had faced off in the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018. The match was played in Zimbabwe and the two sides had faced off for in the match for the seventh spot playoff. In the match, the Dutch team had beaten the Nepalese men by 45 runs.
Historic game for Netherlands as well
The upcoming ODI fixtures in Netherlands will also be the first for Netherlands since their previous home game against South Africa in May 2013. Netherlands were relegated from their ODI status and have received the ODI status again in the recent times. The head coach of the Dutch side, Ryan Campbell, welcomed the Nepalese team for the latter’s first ODI game.
“We’re delighted to welcome Nepal for their first ODIs, and our first ODI on home soil since 2013. After the honour of being invited to play at Lord’s, we look forward to showing our home fans what we can do. 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,” Netherlands coach Ryan Campbell told Cricbuzz.