The Nepalese national cricket team are confirmed to do their final preparation for ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa. Nepal is set to compete against nine other nations in World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe for the remaining two spots in the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2023.
According to a statement from Durga Raj Pathak to HamroKhelkud, the Acting Secretary of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), Nepal has made a formal request to South Africa A for warm-up matches, and the response has been positive. However, if that doesn’t work out, Nepal is planning to play practice matches against Scotland and the Netherlands. The team will stay in South Africa for a period of 10-12 days before heading to Zimbabwe for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier.
Nepal, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Oman, UAE, and USA will battle in the World Cup Qualifier scheduled for June and July. The ten teams will be divided into two groups, and the top three teams from each group will advance to the Super Six stage. In the Super Six, those teams will face each other, and the two teams with the highest rankings will proceed to the final. Both finalists will secure their spots in the highly prestigious Cricket World Cup 2023, which will take place in India. The group division is yet to be done.
Nepal then has a busy cricketing schedule. Following the World Cup Qualifier, Nepal will shift their focus to the ACC Emerging Asia Cup in July.
September brings another exciting challenge for the Nepalese cricketers as they face off against cricketing powerhouses India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Originally set to be hosted in Pakistan in the month of September, the venue for the tournament is likely to be changed due to ongoing disputes between India and Pakistan.
Nepal will then compete in the Asian region’s qualification tournament for the T20 World Cup 2024 as a host nation. The top two teams from the tournament will book a spot in the World Cup 2024, set to be hosted in West Indies and USA.