“Didn’t know cricket was this big in Nepal” – Twitter reacts after Nepal fans turn up in large numbers to watch the ODI against UAE

Nepal cricket team is governed by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and they have been an Associate Member of the ICC since 1996. For the record, they were rightfully granted a T20I status by the ICC on June 2014 until the 2015 ICC World T20 Qualifier.

It is also worth noting that they were awarded the ODI status for the first time on March 15, 2018. They were granted the ODI status after clinching the first playoff game against Papa Guinea in the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

Besides that, they also regained Twenty20 International status, which also means that all T20 games played between Nepal and other ICC members after 1 January 2019 turned out to be full T20I matches.

Nepal fans turn up in big numbers to watch the ODI against UAE

The craze for the sport started to spread to the population of Nepal in 1951. Since then, the fans have been passionately rooting for the team. Meanwhile, pictures of an unprecedented crowd in Nepal for the ODI match against the United Arab Emirates spread like wildfire on social media channels.

The Nepal supporters turned up in big numbers to cheer for their team against the UAE. Much to the expectations of the fans, Nepal went on to beat UAE by nine runs (DLS Method) at Tribhuvan University Ground.

As a result, they booked their berth for the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe. Nepal cricket team pipped Namibia and jumped to the third spot of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2.

Talking about the game, UAE posted 310/6 in their quota of 50 overs. Asif Khan top-scored with an unbeaten 101 off just 42 balls where he smacked 4 fours and 11 sixes to his name.

The match was reduced to 44 overs due to bad light and the revised target was 261 but by then, Nepal had posted 269/6 in 44 overs and were already ahead of the par score.

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