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Former Nepal captain Paras Khadka announced retirement from International Cricket


Former Nepal captain Khadka was a magic number in Nepal, and In Associate Cricket, he was the longest-serving captain before stepping down in the 2019 year.

Paras Khadka, Former Nepal captain, has announced retirement from international Cricket. The 33-year allrounder, who started defined in Nepal at the Under-15 level group in 2002, played 10 ODIs and 33 T20Is and serving as captain from 2009 to 2019, making him the longest-serving captain in Associate cricket before stepping down as captain.

— Paras Khadka (@paras77) August 3, 2021

Former Nepal captain Paras Khadka announced retirement from International Cricket 1getty image

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Khadka was the most crucial batter in Nepal's line-up for most of his tenure, playing the pillar role at No. 4 and 3.

With 315 runs in ODIs and 799 T20I runs, he is Nepal's highest scorer in both formats. He is the first and only Nepal batter to score a ton in both the form and the only one in ODIs so far in Nepal cricket history. He also contributed with his off-spin while occasionally bowling medium pace, taking eight and nine wickets in T20Is and ODIs.

Under his term, Nepal rose in ranks to claim T20I ranking position in 2014 and later ODI ranking position in 2018 for the first time in Nepal cricket. He also led Nepal to the first ODI series win against UAE in January 2019.

Another significant achievement under his captaincy was leading Nepal to their first-ever major global event at senior level when they secure a berth in the T20 World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2014.

He resigned from captaincy following Nepal's readmission as an ICC Associate Member in October 2019. He led Nepal to 11 wins in 26 completed matches in T20Is, and three wins in six ODIs.

His last international match was in March 2020, against Thailand, at the ACC Eastern Regional T20. In November 2020, he was among six players shortlisted for the ICC men's Associate cricketer of the decade award.

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