KATHMANDU, AUGUST 3
Former captain of Nepali national men's cricket team Paras Khadka has announced his retirement from International Cricket, on Tuesday.
Khadka, in a statement shared across various social media platforms, expressed his respect and gratitude to everyone while announcing his retirement with 'utmost clarity'.
"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", wrote Khadka.
He further said that it was time for him to retire and wished for Nepal, to which he has given his heart, blood and soul for the last two decades, to achieve a better cricketing system.
For the same, he urged everyone in the cricketing community and beyond to provide equal support.
Khadka further stated that although his international career has ended, his dreams for national cricket has just started.
Paras Khadka had helmed the captaincy of the national team from 2001 to 2019 and resigned from the captain of the team on 15 October 2019.
With loads of successes and accolades, including the One Day International status for Nepal and T20 World Cup appearance, Khadka is regarded as the most successful skipper in the not-so-long history of Nepali cricket.
Under the leadership of Khadka, Nepal national team won the titles of the World Cricket League Division-V, Division-IV and Division-III tournaments and the national team shared the ACC Trophy Elite trophy with the UAE in the space of four years from 2010.
Khadka and his team earned maiden berth in the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh where they defeated Hong Kong and UAE to earn the T20 International status for the first time.