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 - Nepal Bans Big Public Gatherings, Closes Schools Amid Surge In COVID Cases
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 - Nepal To Make 'Vaccination Cards' Mendatory For Entry Into Public Places Amid Surge In COVID Cases
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 - Zor Lagake Haisha: Passengers Push Plane Off Runway After Tyre Burst at Nepal Airport. Watch Viral Video
“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.