In a recent development in the world of cricket, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has made a compelling argument for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to include Nepal’s cricket team within India’s domestic cricket structure. This proposal comes after Nepal’s remarkable debut in the Asia Cup, where they showcased their potential against the formidable Indian cricket team.
Nepal’s Asia Cup Debut
Nepal cricket made history by participating in the Asia Cup after clinching victory in the ACC Premier Cup. Their performance in the tournament displayed a level of maturity that drew attention not just from cricket enthusiasts but also from Aakash Chopra himself. Nepal played their inaugural One Day International (ODI) match against India, marking a significant moment for Nepalese cricket.
Aakash Chopra’s Recommendation
Aakash Chopra took to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to advocate for Nepal’s inclusion in India’s domestic cricket landscape. He stressed the importance of nurturing Nepal’s cricket potential and aligning it with international cricket standards. His proposal included sending India’s ‘A’ team to Nepal and integrating Nepal into India’s domestic cricket structure. He recalled a time when India-A participated in a full first-class season in the West Indies as a precedent for such cooperation.
Chopra’s argument is grounded in Nepal’s unparalleled passion for cricket and their untapped potential in the sport.
Support from CAN President
Chatur Bahadur Chand, the President of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), had previously appealed to the BCCI to support Nepal’s cricket growth and development. He emphasized the strong diplomatic ties between the two neighboring countries and urged India to invite the Nepal cricket team for series matches in prominent Indian cities and stadiums. Such a move, according to Chand, would provide Nepal with valuable match exposure and contribute to their cricketing progress.
Outcome of Nepal’s Asia Cup Journey
Despite their valiant efforts, Nepal was eliminated from the Asia Cup 2023 following their defeat against India. However, their journey has ignited discussions about the potential of cricket in Nepal and the need for collaborative efforts to nurture this potential.
Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team is now set to face their arch-rivals, Pakistan, in a Super 4 Asia Cup 2023 match on Sunday, adding further excitement to the tournament.
This development not only highlights the remarkable journey of Nepal cricket but also underscores the importance of regional cooperation and support for the growth of the sport in emerging cricketing nations.
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