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Paras Khadka Steps Down From Captaincy, Ends Decade-Long Reign

A positive Khadka said that he has taken Nepal Cricket as far as possible and that now he wishes to take a break from the game for some time
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Paras Khadka Steps Down From Captaincy, Ends Decade-Long Reign

Nepal Cricket Captain Paras Khadka stepped down from his position on October 15, 2019, ending a decade-long cricket career.

Khadka was the longest-serving cricket captain for Nepal until date.

The Nepal cricket captain had earlier announced his decision through his Twitter handle, after he expressed his happiness on CAN’s reinstatement.

“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. I have hereby decided to resign from my post as the captain of Nepal cricket team. Jai Nepal !!,” read Khadka’s tweet.

He also talked about his decision to media persons at the Women’s Champions League trophy unveiling ceremony on October 15, 2019.

Nepal Cricket Captain Paras Khadka 2019

“It was not a decision taken overnight. But it was not a difficult one. I wanted to leave on a high. It was my decision. I feel it is the right time. I am very satisfied with my stint,” he said.

Khadka was waiting for CAN’s reinstatement to announce his resignation.

“I firmly believe the current setup deserves a new leadership group. Everybody has to start afresh – players and administrators. It is a new challenge for us all. Let’s hope everyone will fulfill their respective responsibilities in future to take Nepali cricket forward,” Khadka said.

A positive Khadka said that he has taken Nepal Cricket as far as possible and that now he wishes to take a break from the game for some time.

Nepal Cricket Captain Paras Khadka Man of the Match 2019

“I would like to take a break. I feel relieved. I had loads of things to do in the last few years. It’s about time I took some time away. Cricket has made my identity. As long as I live, I will continue to help Nepali cricket,” he said.

Khadka identifies Nepal’s ODI Status as his career’s biggest achievement and the ICC World T20 Tournament as a memorable event in his stint. Nevertheless, the captain regrets every loss Nepal underwent in his captaincy.

“Where Nepali cricket is despite all the odds feels sometimes like a dream. I think the players were honest and they sacrificed selflessly to attain this height. However, CAN will have to take steps to secure a future as well for the cricketers,” Khadka remarked.

During his address, the cricket captain fondly remembered all the Nepal cricket coaches he had worked with – Roy Dias, Pubudu Dassanayake and Umesh Patwal and credited them for Nepal cricket’s success.

“We were blessed to have coaches like Roy Dias, Pubudu Dassanayake, Umesh Patwal, along with local coach Jagat Tamata. The clarity of vision, energy and similar mentality among players and coaches helped us come this far,” said Paras Khadka.

When asked about future prospects of working with CAN, Khadka said that he was hopeful of leading CAN in the future but he first wants to work off-field as an administrator for Nepal cricket’s development.

On an ending note, Khadka said that Nepal cricket will not end with his captaincy and with many promising young players in the team, the game is bound to grow. However, their ability to conquer the world will depend on the training and mentoring they receive.

Paras Khadka Nepal Cricket Captain

Talking about the new captaincy he said, “Electing a new captain is not my decision. It’s up to the governing body. In my honest opinion, Gyanendra Malla should be given the reigns for a year to groom a new young captain who will eventually take Nepali cricket forward. In the end, whoever it might be, Nepali cricket should develop further through everyone’s collective efforts.”

 Paras Khadka’s Cricket Achievements

Nepal Cricket Captain Paras Khadka

Skipper Khadka started his career with a match against Malaysia in April 2004. Following are his achievements:

  • First Nepali player to score a century in T20I cricket with a score of 106 off 52 deliveries in the match with Singapore on September 29, 2019.
  • First Nepali batsmen to score a century in an ODI match in the game against UAE on January 28, 2019
  • Part of Nepal’s first ODI International campaign against Netherlands in August 2016
  • Contributed to Nepal’s Twenty20 International status earned from the ICC World Twenty20 2014 match against Bangladesh
  • Sixth Nepali cricketer to score an international century, hitting an unbeaten 106 off 77 deliveries against Kuwait in the 2012 ACC Trophy Elite in October 2012
  • Held a boycott against the then CAN administration for board restructuring and better resources and facilities for players.
  • Brought about the reinstatement of Nepal Cricket Head Coach Pubudu Dassanayke in 2016.

Matches Won and Statuses Earned Under Paras Khadka’s Captaincy

paras khadka nepal cricket captain

Nepal won the following matches under Khadka’s leadership:

  • ICC World Cricket League Division Five 2010 held in Nepal
  • ICC World Cricket League Division Four 2012
  • ACC Trophy Elite 2012
  • ICC World Cricket League Division Three 2013
  • ICC World Cricket League Division Three 2014
  • ICC World Cricket League Division Two 2018
  • Earned ODI status for four years after becoming the highest associate nation in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018

Khadka is considered as a revolutionary who changed the scenario of Nepal cricket and has earned respect internationally and nationally for the same.


Sandeep Lamichhane’s Tribute to Nepal Captain

Sandeep Lamichhanes Tribute to Nepal Captain

After Captain Khadka announced his resignation, Nepal’s ace spin-bowler Lamichhane also took to Twitter to praise his captain’s contribution to the team and his achievements over the years.

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

“and we’d all love to see you representing Nepal for as many years as possible! You are truly a legend that has made a huge mark on all of our hearts, Here’s to you Captain! The Legend Daju” he added.

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