Paras Khadka (right) led his team to another win. Photo courtesy: The Kathmandu Post on Twitter
Paras Khadka (right) led his team to a victory. Photo courtesy: The Kathmandu Post on Twitter

Paras Khadka scored a maiden List A century to lead Nepal to the fifth spot in the World Cricket League Championship after he helped his team defeat Namibia. According to a press release by ICC, the series victory helped Nepal leap from the lower half of the league to the fifth spot. Nepal skipper Khadka said that playing at home, especially after the tragic earthquake last year, was an ‘amazing’ feeling. “It is an amazing feeling to have International Cricket back at home and we are thrilled to have managed to finally win in front of our passionate home fans.” READ: Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Bhawana Ghimire congratulate Nepal for win vs New Zealand in ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016

The Nepal mainstay went on to say, “We want to thank all those who put in efforts to organise these matches in Kathmandu and hope it is stepping stone for good things in the future. The team put in a lot of effort, so hats-off to the boys for pulling off our first win. We have to keep working hard from here to challenge other teams in the WCLC.” READ: Paras Khadka: A good performance by Nepal can heal some of the wounds

Khadka also praised opponents Namibia for their efforts. “Namibia played hard and ran us close in both games playing in unfamiliar conditions. They are amazing bunch of guys and we gelled outside the field and made new friends. Hope they enjoyed the Nepal experience and more International teams will come to Nepal in the future.”

Namibia skipper Stephen Baard said he was disappointed with the final result but commended Nepal on hosting the series with great success. “We were outplayed in the first game while we made things difficult for ourselves in the second match. But I would like to say that it has been a great experience playing in Kathmandu in front of huge crowd, people have been very friendly towards us and team enjoyed the Nepali hospitality.”