Nepal miss out on Division 1 promotion

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 23, 2015-

Nepal were deprived of promotion to Division-I after losing to Kenya by five wickets in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 at the Wanderers Affies Park in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday.

Needing an outright victory to earn promotion to Division 1, which provides teams with competitive cricket under the 50-over ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) and four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup (ICup), Nepal were 194 all out in 49.5 overs. Gyanendra Malla spared Nepal’s blues scoring unbeaten 91 that took the team close to 200-run mark. Nepal went into their last league game having restricted all previous four opponents below 160-run mark. But on Friday, Kenya produced a fearless batting and raced to 195-5 with 90 balls to spare.

The defeat saw Nepal pushed to third in overall standings, behind the Netherlands who edged ahead on net run-rate despite being tied on six points.

Table toppers Namibia and the Netherlands qualified for Division 1. The defeat will cost Nepal dear as they were hoping to play in the WCLC and ICup.

International Cricket Council (ICC) spends hefty funds for the next three years for the Division 1 teams meaning Nepal missed out on the more competitive cricket as well as development opportunities. Ultimately Nepal paid the price for losing their opening match againstUganda.

Published: 24-01-2015 09:13

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