Nepal’s captain Paras Khadka has called time on his international career on Tuesday. He made the announcement via a Twitter post. Khadka represented Nepal in 10 ODIs and 33 T20 internationals in his international cricket career.
“Playing for Nepal has been my biggest achievement and for that, I will always be indebted towards my coaches, players, fans, stakeholders, friends and family for their continuous support over the last 18 years since I started as a young 15 years old back in 2002,” he said in his statement.
Khadka made his first-class debut in 2004 but he made his T20I debut in 2014. He made his ODI debut in the year 2019 and also represented Nepal in three under-19 World Cups in 2004, 2006 and 2008. The all-rounder finished with 315 runs and 9 wickets in ODIs while scoring 799 T20I ones, with 8 wickets.
“The amazing journey on a cricket field as an international cricketer ends here but the cricket dreams for my country have just started,” he added.
Khadka is the highest run-scorer for Nepal in both formats. He is deemed as the backbone of Nepal’s batting unit. Under his leadership, Nepal claimed the T20 status in 2014 and later ODI status in 2018. Captained Nepal for about ten years, he is the longest-serving captain in Associate cricket.
Nepal claimed the first ODI series win against the UAE under the stewardship of Paras Khadka. He has also led Nepal to their first major global event in the 2014 T20 World Cup. Khadka played his last international game in March 2020 against Thailand at the ACC Eastern Regional T20.
“Paras will be sadly missed“, said Nepal coach Dav Whatmore. “Paras has been front and Centre of all on-field successes over the last number of years. I join everyone else in thanking him for his contribution to Nepal Cricket.”