A great opportunity for Nepal cricket (Image courtesy: Getty)
A great opportunity for Nepal cricket (Image courtesy: Getty)

Ireland and Afghanistan had gained ODI status following their excellent performances in ICC Trophy. It seems that Nepal s chance is not too far away, either. Both Ireland and Afghanistan were gained full status earlier this year, thus opening the gates for two more Associates to seal ODI status. Scotland and Hong Kong are currently third and fourth on the WCL Championship and fifth and sixth among Associates in ODI cricket. There is hope for the sides below them as well, which means Kenya and Nepal have opportunities. ALSO READ: Nepal skipper Paras Khadka questions ACPL’s legitimacy

Kenya and Nepal are not the only contenders. Canada and Oman, freshly promoted from WCL Division Three, also have a chance of securing ODI status through the 2018 World Cup Qualifier if they can manage the top two spots. A report in News Beat Nepal mentions that if Kenya and Nepal fail to finish in top four of WCL Championship, they will be relegated to Division 2 as well.

According to the current WCL Points Table, Nepal and Kenya will be joined by UAE, Namibia, Oman and Canada to WCL Division 2. Nepal have two matches against Hong Kong. These matches, both away games, will have a direct impact on their standing. Nepal has a vast cricket-loving majority. If they can rise up the ranks, the celebrations will be no less than what had happened in Bangladesh or Afghanistan.