Nepal cricket team © Getty Images (File Photo)
Nepal cricket team © Getty Images (File Photo)

As the final fixtures for Round Six of the ICC World Cricket League Championship are due to get underway from Friday, Nepal and Hong Kong get set to face themselves in a couple of One-Day games. It would be an important series for both sides as they won’t just be playing for wins but would also be aiming to seal their spot in the top four for direct qualification to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Qualifiers in 2018. Both Hong Kong and Nepal are currently placed in the fifth and sixth spot of the League Championship table, as they would be aiming to break into the top-four. NEP vs HK ICC WCL matches to be live streamed on HK cricket’s official YouTube channel

Meanwhile, Hong Kong skipper Babar Hayat spoke on the upcoming matches against Nepal. “We have been training hard in the gym in preparation for the ICC World Cricket League Championship matches and the ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture. There are still six teams vying for four qualification spots, so it is important for us to win both matches against Nepal and get maximum points. We will hope to benefit from home advantage. The ICC ICup is a good opportunity for us to play four-day cricket and for the young guys in the squad to perform well. We are very much looking forward to playing against strong competition in Afghanistan,” he said, as reported by ICC in a press release. Nepal’s opportunity for ODI status?

Nepal skipper Paras Khadka too added on the issue by saying, “It is a crucial series for Nepal. As a team we have worked very hard in the last month to be fully prepared to win both games and be in the top four in the standings after round seven. We will look to play high-intensity cricket and are looking forward to facing Hong Kong.”