Population: 30, 986, 975 (2014 est.)
Population Aged 0-14: 31.6%
National Coach: Pubudu Dassanayake
National Captain: Paras Khadka
Women's Coach: Jameel Ansari
Women's Captain: Rubina Chhetry
Cricket clubs: 429 (senior), 227 (junior)
Grounds: 96
Turf wickets: 28
Playing Season: September to November; March to May

ACC Member since 1990
ACC Development Officer: Rumesh Ratnayake

Thousands gather in front of a giant television at Durbar Square in Kathmandu to watch Nepal play Bangladesh in the ICC World Twenty20
Picture: Rawjendra KC
Recent Achievements:
2011 Finalists, ACC U-19 Elite Cup
2012 Winners, ACC U-19 Women’s Championship
2012 Seventh, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
2012 Finalists, ACC U-16 Elite Cup
2012 ACC U-19 Asia Cup
2012 Winners, Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4
2012 Joint winners, ACC Trophy Elite
2012 ACC Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup
2013 Third, ACC Women’s Championship
2013 Finalists, ACC Twenty20 Cup
2013 Winners, Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3
2013 ACC Emerging Teams Cup
2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers
2014 ICC World Cup 2015 Qualifier
2014 ICC World Twenty20, T20I status
2014 Winners, ACC U-16 Premier League
2014 Winners, Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3

Active Personnel qualified from ACC Courses:
Coaches: Level I and II – 52, Level III – 3
Umpires: Level I and II – 51, Level III – 4
Curators: Module II – 1, Module III – 3
For many years at age-group cricket Nepal were peerless and won tournaments at every level of ACC competition. Wins were based on disciplined, error-free cricket. The youth stars of before, in graduating to the senior side have advanced the national cause. Winning Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in October 2014 set the team up for a run towards qualification to World Cup 2019. Further evidence of the sustained nature of their improved performance came in the ACC Trophy Elite in 2012, where they tied the Final with hosts UAE, culminating in a storming run at the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in 2013 which saw them qualify for their first senior global event. Nepal’s performance there led them to being awarded T20 International status.

With their stellar youth team having graduated to the seniors, the matter of creating a new batch is being acknowledged and though it is hard to envisage players of the quality of the current seniors ever emerging again all together, the Cricket Association of Nepal has adopted a more professional approach to development in recent years. Increased sponsorship and more focussed domestic competitions have been the result. A National Academy has been completed, felt to be vital for indoor practice given the extremes of Nepal’s weather, which will be partly funded by the ACC. A new ground has been constructed in picturesque Pokhara, with another one in Mulpani perennially close to coming online.

While not forsaking the cardinal virtues, a general re-development of the national side’s style of play from percentage cricketers to more flamboyant aggressors is being gone through since 2010 under the tutelage of new national coach Pubudu Dassanayake. He replaced Sri Lankan compatriot Roy Dias who had so successfully shaped the team and the nation’s cricket for almost ten years.

Both men’s and women’s teams have supporters wherever they play. Huge home support remains a feature of Nepali cricket with crowds at ACC and ICC events at the Tribhuvan University ground climbing over 15,000. National captain Paras Khadka is, quite simply, a national hero.

U-16 Anil Kharel at the centre of the future Winners, Pepsi ICC WCL 3 in 2014

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