KATHMANDU — The International Cricket Council has given a clean chit to Raju Rijal, captain of the Nepal U-19 cricket team.
ICC on Tuesday confirmed that Nepal’s captain Raju Rijal is qualified to play in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016.
Issuing a statement, the ICC said that it “looked into the matter” and reviewed Rijal’s documents, which were submitted by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) before the tournament and concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that his date of birth-September 26, 1996-was incorrect.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), India official and a former Ranji Trophy player Kaustubh Pawar had alleged that Raju Rijal is a man called Raju Sharma, who had captained Mumbai U-15 in 2000 and should be aged between 25-26 years.
The ICC said that it identifies with the authorities of the CAN and checked the documents to the birth of the player.
The documents the ICC audited included copies of his passport and birth certificate, issued by Nepal, and a signed age-determination declaration.
“According to the official documents, Raju Rijal is born on 26 September 1996. Players born on or after 1 September 1996, are eligible to participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016,” ICC said.Follow @gorkhapost
ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers : Nepal go down to Netherlands
KATHMANDU — Nepal finished eighth in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers after losing to Netherlands by 45 runs in the 7th place play off at Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, on Saturday.
The Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat before making a total of 189-9 in their allotted 50 overs. In reply, Nepal managed to make 144 runs only in 44.4 overs losing all the wickets.
Sompal Kami made the highest 36 runs where as Dipendra Singh Airee (25) and Paras Khadka (22) were the other big scorers for Nepal.
Player-of-the-match Roelof van der Merwe was pick of the Dutch bowling as he took 4-20 and he was supported by Fred Klaassen and Pieter Seelaar who bagged two wickets each. Likewise, Timm van der Gugten and Shane Snater added one wicket each.
Earlier, Bas de Leede top-scored for Dutch side with 39 runs which included four boundaries. Nepal had kept the Netherlands under pressure with Sompal Kami bagging two early wickets inside three overs. Dutch opener Wesley Barressi abd Ben Cooper were dismissed for zero run in Kami’s delivery.
Captain Peter Borren (7) also failed to manage to add significant runs but middle-order batsmen Roelof van der Merwe and Scott Edwards contributing 25 runs each rescued the Netherlands innings. Max O’Dowd was another notable contributors for the Netherlands as he smashed 44-ball 28 where as unbeaten Shane Snater and Pieter Seelaar added 23 runs each.
Sompal Kami took four wickets for Nepal. Likewise, spinners Sandip Lamichhane and Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi had two each and Shakti Gauchan bagged one wicket.Follow @gorkhapost