Nepal defeated Papua New Guinea in a crucial play-off match of ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier by 6 wickets today. Despite the win, Nepal had to wait for the outcome of another playoff match between the Netherlands and Hong Kong.
Nepal had to win against PNG and had to expect Hong Kong’s loss against the Netherlands to earn them a One day International status for next four years.
Every single Nepali fan, who were celebrating Nepal’s win against PNG earlier today, were closely following the score and desperately waiting for that one moment they were waiting & dreaming for.
As expected, Hong Kong failed to chase a modest target of 175 and lost the match by 44 runs. Soon after, International Cricket Council (ICC) officially announced Nepal as a new ODI nation.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 15, 2018
With the announcement, the social media erupted. From Nepali fans, current & former players, stakeholders, politicians, even Ex-Prime Minister all shared their happiness on Social media for Nepal’s historical day.
Nepal get one-day international status. Thats a hell of a story for world cricket. Done it while their board is suspended from the ICC too
— Tim (@timwig) March 15, 2018
Congratulations to Nepal! 🇳🇵
— ICC (@ICC) March 15, 2018
Congratulations to all 30 million Nepalis out there watching (the scores). Let's hope you can now galvanise & take advantage of the potential you have in this great sport – you CAN be the next @ACBofficials! A guaranteed #WCLC spot and ODI status for 4yrs. #CWCQ #NEDvHK #PNGvNEP
— Tim Cutler (@timcutler) March 15, 2018
Thank you everyone for the support..Just been years and years of toil,persisitance,sacrifices,commitment and hardwork..Finally WE BECOME An ODI nation..
Congratulations to everyone who has been part of Nepal cricket's incredible journey ..
— Paras Khadka (@paras77) March 15, 2018
Immense Joy and Happiness is when your short of words .Nepal finally an ODI nation.
— Sharad Vesawkar (@SharadCric) March 15, 2018
Very seldom did we get a chance to feel proud to be a Nepali in pastbrecent years. thank you cricketers. We owe you a big one.
— Brazesh Khanal (@brazeshk) March 15, 2018
Congratulations to whole team and entire nation!!! Can’t express my feeling… great….
— Pawan Agrawal (@pawan_agrawal73) March 15, 2018
In 2008, Nepal was in WCL Division Five alongside Afghanistan. A decade later, Nepal is now an ODI nation. Congratulations to @paras77 and every other member of the Nepal squad who has been a part of the journey. pic.twitter.com/OIpHEELysx
— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) March 15, 2018
What a pride moment for all Nepali today. Nepal to be tagged as ODI Nation. Thank you for the real heroes who played really hard and those involved officials who helped us with limited resources, you are truly our ambassadors as always. Congratulations all !
— Bhawana Ghimire (@BhawanaCAN) March 15, 2018
Nepal's defeat of PNG and Hong Kong's failure to beat the Netherlands means that they have secured ODI status for the first time in their history.
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) March 15, 2018
— Ujjwal Acharya (@UjjwalAcharya) March 15, 2018
— Sher Bahadur Deuba (@DeubaSherbdr) March 15, 2018
Wow! Our longtime dream came true. Welcome Nepal, in the world of ODI!
— Gagan Thapa (@thapagk) March 15, 2018
Welcome to the ODI club, Nepal.
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) March 15, 2018