Kathmandu – On this Day 1996, the sixth of September Nepal made its debut at ACC’s tournaments playing against Bangladesh in the Pepsi ACC Trophy. Its been exactly 18 years since then and Nepal Cricket has offered a lot to cheer for looking back.
How many tournaments can a country win in 18 years? One, two, five or seven?? Wll, Nepal has won unmatchable 13 titles including including four consecutive ACC U-19 tites, one U-19 plate championship, two ACC U-15 titles, one each ACC U-16 and U-17 titles, ICC world Cricket league Division three, four and five titles and one ACC Elite Trophy.
It has been a remarkable 18 years for Nepal at international-initially at the junior level and most recently at senior level too. Nepal was tagged “giant killers” at the U-19 World Cups as they won as many as 6 matches against the U-19 side of Test nation-the most by any associate or affiliate at U-19 level. With their recent victory in ACC U-16 Premier League Nepal became only nation to win all ACC youth level tournaments.
Nepal is the only associate nation to have won the plate championship in U-19 World Cup achieving this feat defeating New Zealand in the Plate Championship final in 2006.
Here is a list of Youth level tournaments that Nepal has won!
YOUTH ASIA CUP, 2001 (U-19), Venue; Tu stadium, Nepal
Final- Nepal U-19s vs Malaysia U-19s
Nepal U-19 won by seven wickets.
YOUTH ASIA CUP, 2003, Venue;National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Match reduced to 25 overs due to rain
Nepal 155/5 ( 25 overs ), Sharad Veswakar 55,Yashwant Subedi 36
Malaysia 125/6, Manjeet Shrestha 4 wickets.
Nepal won by 30 runs.
MOM- Sharad Khadka for his 55 runs off 51 balls.
Best Batsman of the tournamnet- kanishka Chaugai (196 runs).
ACC U-19 CUP, 2005, venue- TU Stadium, Nepal
Malaysia- 83/10 (25.5), Bantu Bataju 5 wkts, Amrit Bhattarai 2 wkts
Nepal- 87/3 (25.3), Kanishka Chaugai 20, Paras Khadka 22*
Nepal won by seven wickets.
MOM- Bantu Bataju (5/29)
ACC U-19 ELITE CUP,MALAYSIA
Nepal: 172/10 (49.4 ov), Sagar Khadka32, Aaksah Gupta 48
Afghanistan: 124/10 (45.5), Sashi keshari 3 wkts, Sagar Khadka 2 wkts
MOM- Sagar Khadka for his all-round performance.
U-19 World Cup, 2006, Plate Championship, Srilanka
New Zealand: 204/10, 49.2 ov, Amrit Bhattarai 3 wkts
Nepal: 205/9, 49.4 ov, Basanta Regmi 66 runs
MOM: Basanta Regmi
Asia Cup U-15, 2005, UAE
Afghanistan: 147/10 (37.3), Antim Thapa 4 wkts, Sashi Kesari 2 wkts
Nepal: 148/4 (35 ov), Anil Mandal 74 runs, Antim Thapa 37*
MOM- Antim Thapa
Asia Cup U-15, 2006, Malaysia, Two Day Format
Nepal, 1st inning: 177/7, 59 ov,Declared, Subendu pandey 51
UAE, 1st inning:75/10, 43.3 ov, Krishna Karki 3 wkts
Nepal, 2nd innings: 200/10, 74.4 ov, Subendu Pandey 81
UAE, 2nd innings: 49/2, 10.5 ov
Nepal U-15 won on first Innings.
MOM: Subendu Pandey.
ACC U-16 ACC PREMIER LEAGUE, 2014, Malaysia
Nepal: 161/9, 40 ov, Pawan Sharraf 44 runs
Malaysia: 129/10, 36.2 ov, Jitendra Singh Thakuri 2 wkts
MOM: Pawan sharraf
The stories about Nepal’s senior level glories will be published at www.cricnepal.com soon!