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Nepal gets ODI status

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KATHMANDU — The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to grant One Day International (ODI) status to Nepal along with Scotland, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday.

“The elevation means all ODIs these four sides will play against other sides on the table henceforth will count towards a team’s rating points and performance in the rankings table,” reads the statement released by ICC.

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According to a statement, Nepal along with other three nations has now joined the 12 leading ODI nations on the expanded MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings with effect from June 1 2018.

Nepal cuurently is at the bottom of the table and has 0 ratings points while Eangland tops the ODI team rankings followed by India, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri lanka, West Indies, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland.

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SAFF U-15 women’s championship begins today; India face Sri Lanka in inaugural match

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THIMPU — Six under 15 teams from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Nepal are participating the second edition of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-15 Women’s championship, Thimphu that is kicking off from Thursday.

India and Sri Lanka are facing each other in an inaugural game at the Changlingmithang stadium. The match is taking place at Thimphu-based Changlimithang Stadium at 4:00 pm local time.

Similarly, Bangladesh and Pakistan under Group B are facing each other in the second game scheduled at 7:00 pm local time today itself.

At the pre press conference held in Thimphu on Wednesday, the coaches and team captains from six countries said that SAFF U-15 Women’s championship 2018 would be the toughest championship.

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Of the six countries, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are taking part in the championship for the first time. Bhutan is hosting the 10-day championship for the first time.

Bangladesh had won the title by defeating India 1-0 in the first edition of the Championship held in Bangladesh.

Nepal’s 32-member women’s football team had left Tuesday for Bhutan to play in the Second U-15 SAFF Championship Women Football.

The team comprises 23 players, three coaches, five officials and one sports journalist. Nepal is placed in Group B of the Championship. Nepal will play against Pakistan on August 11 in the first game and against Bangladesh on August 13.

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