Nepal’s longest-serving captain and the country’s most celebrated cricketer, Paras Khadka has announced his retirement from international cricket. In a statement released through his social media, he bade farewell to the national and international cricket community.
“With utmost clarity, respect and gratitude I have now decided to retire myself from playing international cricket”, Paras Khadka said. Starting his cricketing journey as a 15 year old in 2002, Paras represented Nepal for almost two decades guiding the men’s team to their first ever T20 World Cup and earning the historic ODI status, with several other World Cricket League divisional trophies under his captaincy.
Regarding the reason for his retirement, Paras writes, “Because it’s about time. As a cricketer, I have given my heart, blood and soul and have always dreamt to achieve better for the country. My ultimate dream is to see Nepal have a better cricketing system for which I have spent all my energy in the last two decades and to improve, it will require equal support from everyone in the cricketing community and beyond.”
Paras believes that with everyone’s honest intentions, they will be able to do so. “This amazing journey on a cricket field as an international cricketer ends here but the cricket dreams for my country have just started”, Paras said.
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