Nepal Cricket Players, who served spirited performance at ICC World T20 returned home today to a grand welcome.
Sports Minister Purushottam Pouel, Member Secretary of National Sports Council Yubraj Lama and Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) President Tanka Aangbuhang, among other government officials, were present at the TIA for welcoming the national team.
Thousands of people had gathered at Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA) prior to the teams arrival, all of them very proud of how Nepal had played in its first world cup. They went all frenzy at TIA when skipper Paras Khadka,lead the team out to the crowd with a big satisfied smile on his face.
From the airport the team were taken in an open van around the city:Airport – Gaushala – Old Baneshwor- Maitidevi- Dillibazar- Putalisadak- Bagbazar- Ratnapark- Jamal- Durbarmarg and then finally to Hotel Crowne Plaza, Naxal. The fans followed the cricket team all the way as teams procession around the city turned into an emotional victory parade.
Nepal won two of its three matches in the World T20-beating Hong Kong in the first match by 80 runs and then Afghanistan in the last match by 9.Unlike Nepal, Afghanistan and Hong Kong are both teams with ODI status and many thought beating them would be a tall climb for Nepal. Nepal only went down to the host’s Bangladesh in the second match.Despite finishing with four points from three games as Bangladesh, the hosts progressed to the “Super Ten” of the tournament on account of better Net Run Rate.