Paras Khadka    AFP
Paras Khadka AFP

Roelof van der Merwe’s four-for scripted a remarkable win for Netherlands over Hong Kong in the play-offs of ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 and with this, Nepal, who earlier in the day, secured a win against Papua New Guinea (PNG) earned ODI status for the first time. It is a great moment for the cricket crazy nation, who have an incredible story to tell about their journey.

Nepal attain ODI status courtesy Netherlands' win over Hong Kong in ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018
Nepal attain ODI status courtesy Netherlands' win over Hong Kong in ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018

Nepal skipper, Paras Khadka expressed his elation on Twitter. He posted, ” Thank you everyone for the support..Just been years and years of toil, persistence, sacrifices, commitment and hardwork. Finally WE BECOME An ODI nation.. Congratulations to everyone who has been part of Nepal cricket’s incredible journey .. God Bless..!!!”

https://twitter.com/paras77/status/974288188062797824

The cricket fraternity took to the micro-blogging site to congratulate the hilly south Asian nation.

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Nepal pulled of a six-wicket win over PNG and hoped for a Netherlands win. Netherlands defended 175 against Hong Kong, who have now lost their ODI status.