Nepal is all set to make its One-Day International (ODI) debut against the Netherlands in August when the two-match series starts on August 1 at the Voorburg CC, just outside The Hague. The second ODI will be played on August 3 at the VRA Ground in the Amsterdam suburb of Amstelveen. The venues were announced by the Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB). Also Read - Properly Handle Differences, China Tells K P Sharma Oli And Prachanda
Earlier this year, Nepal had created history by securing the eighth place in the ICC World Cup qualifier held in Zimbabwe. And owing to their achievement, they were awarded the One-Day International status by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Also Read - PUBG Mobile: These Countries Lift Restriction on Royale Game | Will India Withdraw Ban Too?
For Netherlands, these will be their first ODIs since 2014, when they lost ODI status at the World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. Also Read - Whoops-a -Daisy! A Nepalese Private Airline Mistakenly Flew 69 Passengers To Wrong Destination
“It’s going to be a fantastic series for both countries as it will be our first ODI since regaining our status lost in 2014, it will also be Nepal’s first ODI ever,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Netherlands coach Ryan Campbell as saying. “These games also present us with another opportunity to expose our youngsters to top quality cricket and I’m excited to keep watching their development,” he added.
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The two teams will first fly to London to play a T20I at Lord’s on July 29 before the commencement of the two-match ODI series. The Lord’s fixture is part of a T20 triple-header in which both countries will also play a T20 earlier in the day against an MCC squad led by former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene.
Emerging ODI sides, Nepal, Scotland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were added to the 12 leading ODI nations on the expanded ICC ODI Team Rankings with effect from June 1.