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ICC WCL Championship: Nepal defeat Namibia by 3 wickets

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KATHMANDU — Nepal have defeated Namibia by 3 wickets in a second match of the ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Stadium in Kirtipur on Monday.

With this victory Nepal have hope in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018.

Nepal achieved the 240-run target set by Namibia with one ball remaining.

Opening batsmen Naresh Budayair and Gyanendra Malla of Nepal have begun batting to pursue a 240-run target posted by Nambia.

Khadka was top scorer for Nepal with 103 runs. He scored the runs confronting 94 balls hitting seven sixes and five fours.

Sharad Veswakar remained not out at 74 runs, while Gyanendra Malla contributed 22 runs for Nepal.

Earlier, Namibia have posted a total of 239 runs losing nine wickets for Nepal.

Nepal had won the toss and chose to bat first.

Namibia skipper scored an impressive 51runs off 60 balls before being caught behind in the 21st over off Sandeep Lamichhane’s delivery. He was followed by HelaoNafidiYa France after being run out in the 23rd over scoring just four runs.

Zane Green scored 47 runs, followed by Sarel Burger with 43 runs. Later in the innings, JP Kotze played a 32-run cameo to push the Namibian total further.

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Nepal ranked 122nd among 180 countries in 2017 corruption perceptions index

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has moved nine position up to rank 122nd in an annual index of countries deemed the least corrupt published by graft watchdog Transparency International.

The country attained a score of 31 in TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2017. Nepal was ranked 131th in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2016.

Countries that took the top positions in the latest index, which ranked 180 countries, include New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

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South African country Somalia ,with 9 score, is the most corrupted countries among 180 countries.

Among South Asian countries, Bhutan is the least corrupt countries where as Afghanistan is the most corrupt countries. India ranked in 85 , Bhutan ranked in 29th, Sri Lanka in 97,Maldives 118th, Pakistan in 123 and Bangladesh ranked in 146 position.

TI, in its index, measures countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2017 index is based on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of business people.

Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

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