Captain of the Nepal Cricket Team Paras Khadka visited UK last week to boost support for cricket back home.
During his visit, Paras called on Mike Gatting, ex-captain of England and current managing director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and officials of the Marlyebone Cricket Club.
After the meetings, Paras said "The meetings went well and there is a potential opportunity for Nepalese cricketers in English Cricket Club and also other potential opportunity where MCC can support for further development of Nepalese cricket.”
Khadka also visited the Leicestershire County Cricket Club and presented the Nepalese Cricket Shirt to Paul Haywood, Chairman of the Club. “We are developing a number of joint initiatives to promote the Club and Leicestershire internationally and visit by Paras Khadka underpins this special partnership,” said Haywood.
Khadka also called on president of the Leicester Asian Business Association (LABA) Jaspal Singh Minhas and Vice President Rani Mahal. During the meeting, Mr Minhas bestowed Khadka with an Honorary Membership of LABA “for his leadership in significantly raising the profile and status of the Nepalese Cricket team on the international stage.”
Mr. Khadka also met Sir John Stanley, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Nepal at the Parliament House at Westminster. Sir John expressed happiness to hear about the achievement of Nepalese cricket.
During his UK sojourn, Paras interacted with Nepalese diaspora and was felicitated by a number of Nepalese community organisations. A felicitation programme was organised at the Yak and Yeti Restaurant, Eltham, in honour of Mr Khadka. During the programme, Mr Khadka was received and felicitated by NRN UK’s Mahendra Kandel, managing director of the South London College Rajen Kandel, sportspersons Harry Gurung, Kush Basnet, NRNA members and journalists. A charity dinner was also organised on 13th August in support of the Players’ Association, Nepal.
All the meetings of Paras Khadka were organised by Prashant Kunwar—a passionate cricket lover and representative of the FNCCI in the UK.