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Dhangadhi creating unique cricket culture

Published On: April 7, 2018 08:44 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

DHANGADHI, April 7: For the last eight years, Dhangadhi has been continuously in the limelight at least once in a year as all forms of media -- be it newspaper, television, radio and online – would extensively cover an event in Dhangadhi. The community in the far-western town that started convening local cricket tournaments has now been able to organize the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL), a tournament with international recognition.

Dhangadhi ready as all eyes on DPL

Published On: March 31, 2018 09:40 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

DHANGADHI, March 31: As all the six teams of the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) complete final preparations, the cricket championship with the biggest cash prize in the country is set to kick off on Saturday at the Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground.

Cricket Players’ Association to expand its role if CAN crisis continues

Published On: March 26, 2018 12:24 PM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, March 26: Former and current cricket players have strongly urged the suspended cricket governing body Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) to resolve the current crisis in cricket administration as soon as possible to take full advantage of the One-Day International status.

Ruslan DPL: A platform for local players

Published On: March 25, 2018 10:45 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, March 25: Six emerging players- Bijay Rana, Subodh Ayer, Narayan Joshi, Sagar Bhandari, Bikram Thagunna and Prakash Jaishi- are set to represent their respective franchises in the second edition of the upcoming Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) starting from March 31 at the Dhangadhi’s Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground.

We need to play four-day matches to improve ourselves: Rohit Paudel

Published On: March 23, 2018 06:07 PM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, March 23: Nepal secured the historic One-Day International (ODI) status defeating Papua New Guinea in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Rohit Paudel, one of the heroes of Nepal’s milestone achievement, was playing his second tournament for Nepal. Republica’s Rajan Shah talked to Rohit Paudel asking his experience in his journey to ODI status.

ODI Status: What next?

Published On: March 19, 2018 08:52 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, March 19: Nepal earned the elusive One-Day International (ODI) status after finishing eighth in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 played at Zimbabwe. This is the first time Nepal is recognized as ODI nation since their inception in International Cricket Council (ICC) as Associate Nation in 1996.

Nepal earns ODI status defeating PNG

Published On: March 16, 2018 07:02 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Mar 16: Dipendra Singh Airee picked up four wickets and scored an unbeaten half-century to lead Nepal to a famous six-wicket win against Papua New Guinea in an ICC Cricket World Cup playoff match at the Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe to seal the ODI berth, Thursday.

Nepal fancies win against struggling Afghanistan to keep qualification hope alive

Published On: March 10, 2018 11:03 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, March 10: Nepal faces Afghanistan in Group B encounter of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018 at Bulawayo Athletic Club, Zimbabwe on Saturday. Both teams are yet to earn a point in the ongoing qualification with Afghanistan’s hopes to reach Super Sixes blurred after their third loss against Hong Kong on Thursday. Nepal can make it to the Super Sixes if the team beat Afghanistan on Saturday and Hong Kong on Monday.

The curious case of Anil Sah

Published On: March 6, 2018 09:14 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, March 6: Anil Kumar Sah, the Kalaiya-born all-rounder, is one of the many modern prototypes who came to national limelight when no selection-level cricket was going on in Nepal.

DPL Auction: Players worth taking a punt on

Published On: February 21, 2018 10:27 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Ruslan Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) is set to host first ever live auction on satellite television in Nepali cricket’s history on Wednesday. Six franchises will tussle to acquire the respective choice of players outbidding each other.

Young Guns Rising

Published On: February 17, 2018 10:26 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: Eyebrows were raised when young cricketers were included for the crucial ICC World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia. The national U-19 players Rohit Kumar Paudel and Anil Kumar Sah were promoted to the national team for the first time, whereas Dilip Nath and Lalit Bhandari started their career in national colors only a few months ago.

Nepal hopeful amid difficult challenges

Published On: February 8, 2018 07:02 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: Nepal embarked on international cricket journey in 2010, highlighted by a world event appearance in 2013 as the pinnacle of the team, until 2015. Nepali cricket team’s hard work, perseverance and a bit of luck helped the squad ascend from Division Five to Division Two and landed them in the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC).

Lamichhane lands lucrative IPL deal

Published On: January 29, 2018 08:00 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: The cricket fraternity of Nepal and social media went into frenzy after the country’s teenage spin-bowling sensation Sandeep Lamichhane was purchased by Delhi Daredevils, the Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit, on Sunday in Bengaluru. The seventeen-year-old has become the first Nepali player to be a part of the money-spinning IPL.

‘Now or never for Nepali cricket’

Published On: January 27, 2018 11:17 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: A delegation of International Cricket Council (ICC) led by ICC Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja is scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu on Saturday.

Paudel earns maiden call up, Sah retained

Published On: January 26, 2018 08:31 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: Rohit Kumar Paudel got a maiden call up as Nepal announced the 14-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cricket League Division Two to be held in Namibia from February 8 to 15 this year.

MCC lists Nepal in overseas development strategy

Published On: January 12, 2018 08:57 AM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Jan 12: Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has shortlisted Nepal in their support to maximize developing cricket nations. In a meeting conducted on Jan 09th & 10th at Sydney Cricket Ground, MCC shortlisted Nepal, Test nation Zimbabwe and European emerging team Germany.

EPL Final: Five Talking Points

Published On: December 30, 2017 06:59 PM NPT By: Rajan Shah

A new record for most numbers of fans in Nepal’s domestic cricket was made. The official ticket seller confirmed it to be more than 15000. By the naked eyes, it seemed much more. The social media is full of pictures from the ground.

Patriots defeat Rhinos to face Gladiators in the second qualifier

Published On: December 27, 2017 04:27 PM NPT By: Rajan Shah

KATHMANDU, Dec 27: Six different Lalitpur Patriots bowlers picked up a wicket each in their quest to bundle Rhinos out for 111 runs and win the eliminator by 27 runs. They have qualified for the second qualifier. Lalitpur will face Bhairahawa Gladiators tomorrow in a virtual semi-final. The winner of that match will tussle against Biratnagar Warriors in the final of EPL 2017 on 30th December.

EPL Day 8: Five Talking Points

Published On: December 26, 2017 06:51 PM NPT By: Rajan Shah

One can predict the playing XI and batting order for Warriors tomorrow but it can't be said same for Gladiators. They have been mixing it up, surprising their opponents throughout the group stage.

EPL Day 7: Six Talking Points

Published On: December 25, 2017 07:02 PM NPT By: Rajan Shah

Both Sharad and Aarif decided to take few overs to calm things down. Sharad is an experienced customer in such kind of situations but the way Aarif constructed his innings speaks volume of maturity level he has attained in recent times. At one point he was on 19 from 31 deliveries.