Kathmandu – Nepalese Cricket team is playing their first ICC WorldCup event in Bangladesh this March. This will be their biggest achievement and outing in nation’s more than 60 years of cricket history.
In the last two years, Nepalese Cricket achieved a lot of success in One Dayers & Twenty20 format. They won the 2013 ICC World Cricket League Division Three – held in Bermuda and qualified for 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.
It was the month of November, 2013 and the history was to be written for Nepalese as Nepal finished third in The ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier held in UAE and qualified for 2014 ICC World Twenty20. The last ball of the thrilling Quarter-final of that tournament defeating Hong Kong is still on everyone’s mind. The whole nation praised the effort which brought the glorious moment in the history of Nepalese cricket and Sports arena.
The victory united the whole nation. Although Constituent Assembly Election was being held in the country during the period, news media headlines mostly had cricket.
Everything came at the right time for the players and the governing body. Huge amount of support came from the corporate sectors and the government.
On 16th December 2013, CAN and Singapore’s Multinational Company BS Sports signed a three-year sponsorship deal. And as it was unveiled on March 2, 2014 in a function at Hotel Raddisson.
Similarly, on 3rd March, different personalities from different field shared their plan for the Flag Day at Hotel Radisson. Flag Day is all about supporting Nepali Cricket during this World Cup by wearing the National Jersey and if possible with the Flag.
Personalities like Anil Keshari Shah, Hari Bansha Acharya, Madan Krishna Shrestha, Pritu Baskota, Sanjam Regmi, Aamir Akhtar, Binod Das, Raymon Das Shrestha, Deepak Bista, Hemant Rana(Singer), Charu Chhadda & other were present on the programme.
Anil Keshari Shah
“This is a Great Idea. As Nepal will be playing in the world cup, we need to support them and I will definitely wear the Jersey along with my Bank staff. We must support them and that will be the moment to cherish.”
Anil Gurung, National Football Player
“We used to see so many cricketers at the Dashrath Stadium during football matches. So, it’s our turn to support the navy blue. The whole football team wishes the Cricket team and hope they will perform during the World Cup.”
Raymon Das Shrestha, Media Personality/Actor
“It’s a superb Idea. I will cheer every ball and will wear the jersey. All the best to the Nepales Cricket team. “
Hari Bansha Acharya, Actor
“I will be sleeping with the jersey and will dream about Nepal winning every single matches. Cricket ball is like my Heart.”
Madan Krishna Shrestha, Actor
“I will be wearing it too. There should be energy inside to support and small nation like us, we should be proud of this achievement and support the team. I wish all the best to the team.”
Charu Chhadda, Editor WOW Magazine
“Wow! definitely a big moment for us. We will put the cover on my magazine. All our wishes for the Nepali Cricket.”
Tenzing, Fashion Designer
“It’s a good initiative. “
Shahad Khan, BS Sports
“As a sportsman, I want to wear my country’s jersey all the time. We feel for it while playing for the nation. I know how big responsibility comes once you put that country’s jersey on your body. As a nation, you should support your team.”
Prithu Baskota, National Cricket Player
“Though I might not be in the team due to my Knee Injury but I will support them from home. I will request my friends, family and supporters to wear it.”
Deepak Bista, National Taekwondo Player
“Sports Universe (Representative) – The jersey will be available in my showroom. During our time, We were unable to represent our Nation with an official Jersey or Trousers. But, Thanks to the sponsors Nepal Cricket team will be able to play with the official jersey. I am a big fan of Nepal Cricket. I will wear the jersey. The jersey is about the nation, fan and the game. “
Aamir Akhtar, Zohra International
“601 CA Members should wear this at the Parliament. This is a big moment to uplift the Country.”
Binod Das, Former National Player
“I am not that older. I was fighting for this worldcup squad. It was my dream since I debut when I was 14 yrs (U19). It’s a World cup, We should think about Flag Day. It’s time to support the 15 gentlemen and it will be a great day for us.”
Hemant Rana, Singer
“I was a sportman. I was a judo player. I want to support the team. I will be waving my flag.”
Sachin Udas, Colors Mobile
“Being Colors Mobile Representative, this is the time to Color the Nation, we are the spirit of youth. Being Nepali brand. We wish all the best.”
The program was hosted by Suraj Giri and Sahaha Bajracharya.