Nepal missed the only single warm up match against Bermuda XI, but the result of other warm up matches shows that Div-4 winner and runner Nepal and USA respectively are favourite for the title. The huge victory of USA over Uganda, and the shaky performance by other rest of the team i.e Oman, Uganda, Italy and Bermuda in the warm up matches hinting for the green signal for the Nepali Cricket Team to the next round. The leading two sides from WCL Division 3 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which will be held in New Zealand in 2014 and feature 10 of the leading Associate and Affiliate teams. The top two sides from the qualifying event will then advance to the 14-team ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, to be held in Australia and New Zealand, where they will compete against the ten Full Members on a global stage.
Nepali Cricket Team is probably the top favourite team for ICC Div-3, and this time USA, a very well known opponent for Nepali Cricket Team can give some race.
Well Nepal and USA played alltogether 7 games so far and among those 7 games Nepal won 4 games, lost 2 games and one match was abandoned because of rain .
In 2008, ICC DIv-5,Jersey: Nepal and USA met for the first time where Nepal won the first game by 96 runs and Nepalese team was able to grab the 4th position. The group stage match between Nepal and USA was called off coz of rain.Nepal failed to qualify as they hold 3rd position in the tournament, Afghanistan and Jersey qualified for the next round for Division four.
In 2010, ICC DIV-5,Nepal: Nepal were the host team and even the favourite team for the tournament. Nepal, USA, Singapore, Bahrain, Jersey and Fiji were the participated members for this tournament of ICC. Nepalese team were undefeated so far in their previous game and 5th game was with USA, Nepal won the toss and opted to bat first and post the target of just 163. 4 overs lost in the USA innings due to crowd trouble at 150/5 off 32 overs, Revised target of 157 off 46 overs and met the target in just 33.3 overs bt Nepal qualified for the next round beating Singapore by Net Run Rate. And in final, Nepal won the trophy by taking a revenge win against USA. USA posted the target of 173 and Nepal met the target in 47.4 over. Rahul V.K was the final of the match who took a decisive 7 wicket in the game.
In 2010, ICC Div-4: Nepal, Italy, USA, Cayman Islands, Argentina and Tanzania were the participated member for this tournament. Nepal failed to qualify for the Div-3 as a poor display against a minnows Tanzania. Nepal and USA met a single time in this tournament as USA won the game by 55 runs. USA posted the target of 204 runs in alloted 50 overs, bt Nepal were pack up by US team in just 148 runs.
member for this tournament. This was the most successful campaign for Nepalese team in ICC’s event. Nepal won the title and proceed to Div-3. Nepal won both the games against US in a group stage and in final. In group stage Nepal won by 32 runs and in final Nepal won the game by 8 wickets. Nepal won the trophy without any single defeat.
In the group stage game, Nepal post the score of 258-8 in 50 overs with the help of Subash Khakurel’s Century(115) but USA were only able to manage 226 runs.
In the final game, Nepal won very easily against USA. USA posted the target of 146 run and with the help of Gyanendra Malla’s 66 run blitz, Nepali team able to meet the target in just 28 overs with the loss of 2 wicket.
So, this time also USA and Nepal are the two clean favourites for the competition.