Nepal's Paras Khadka bids adieu to international cricket

Nepal captain Paras Khadka announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday (August 3, 2021). Khadka had featured in 10 ODIs and 33 T20Is at the highest level. 

The right-handed cricketer in a statement said that playing for the national side has been his biggest achievement. 

"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 year old back in 2002," he said in his statement.

"Why now? Because it's about time. As a cricketer, I have given my heart, blood and soul and have always dreamt to achieve better for my country. My ultimate dream is to see Nepal have a better cricketing system for which I have spent all my energy in the last two decades and to improve it will require equal support from everyone in the cricketing community and beyond.”

He played his first T20I against Hong Kong in 2014 while was first capped in an ODI against Netherlands in 2018. 

In 10 ODIs that he played, Paras notched up 315 runs at an average of 35 and also had 9 wickets to his name while in T20Is, he scored 799 runs and picked up 8 wickets. 

Nepal got the T20I status in 2014 and ODI status in 2018 for the first time under the captaincy of Khadka. The right-hander led Nepal to their first ever ODI series win against UAE in January 2019.  

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