The Chairman of Council of Ministers Khil Raj Regmi said national team’s qualification for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 has increased more responsibility on Nepali government.
Amidst a ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office in Singa Dubar where the government honoured the cricketers with one million rupees each, Regmi said: “This is just a symbolic honour from us. Along with you, the responsibility of the government has also increased.”
“Its good to hear about corporate houses have come forward to join hands with cricket. I assure that the government will help Nepali cricket in every possible way to help them in the future tournament,” said Regmi.
After Nepal qualified for the World Twenty20, the government for the first time had directed the Youth and Sports Ministry and National Sports Council to come with short-term plans for Nepal’s preparation for upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers and World Twenty20 along with long-term plans in the sustainable development of cricket.
Regmi also praised the national cricket team for their historic achievement. “When Nepal qualified for the ICC World Twenty20, it was probably an unforgettable moment for us. The achievement in fact has signaled at the beginning of a new era in the Nepali sports history,” he said.
“You are an inspiration for all the Nepalese people and an example of discipline and team work. Your achievement is one of the golden days for us.”
Skipper Paras Khadka was glad to draw the attention of government. “We are gradually gaining support from the government which is a good motivation for all the players,” Paras said.
“We are involved in a sport which has a lots of possibilities in the global world. If we get the kind of support that we need from the administrators, we can take Nepali cricket into higher level. We will always give our best to give Nepal big achievements,” the skipper added.