Nepalese cricket fans are brimming with excitement, predicting that their country will qualify for the Asian Cup. The team is currently playing against United Arab Emirates in the 2023 ACC Men’s Premier Cup Final. Although their qualification is yet to be confirmed, cricket fans in Nepal seem to have issued a warning to India and Pakistan .
A photograph trending on social media shows a group of Nepalese supporters holding a sign that reads: “Be prepared, India and Pakistan. We’re coming.” Whether it’s Nepal or the United Arab Emirates, the team that wins the final game will have the opportunity to join two Asian heavyweights – India and Pakistan – in the same group of the Asian Cup.
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The other group in the six-team tournament includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Cricket has gained immense popularity in Nepal, with the team hosting several partner nations for a bilateral series in recent times. Every time the Nepalese team stepped onto the pitch, the fans showed up in large numbers at the stadiums, showing their full support for the country.
After the placard photo went viral on Twitter, it sparked a hilarious meme fest with Indian and Pakistani cricket fans taking a sarcastic dig at Nepali fans.
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Leaving aside the strength of the team, an Indian fan felt that Nepal’s qualification for the Asian Cup would be good for cricket.
Good for cricket— Ansh Yadav 🇮🇳 (@AnshYadav_7) May 1, 2023
One individual appreciated the trust of the Nepalese fans and wished the team ‘good luck’ for the future.
I like their confidence. Good luck in Nepal Cricket. 🙏🏻—Nimish Sharma (@NimishSharma07) May 1, 2023
One user made a stern remark, saying, “Loving your own country’s team is good, but overconfidence is not good.”
Loving your country’s team is good, but self-confidence is not good— Dwapar Buch 🇮🇳 (@dwaparr_private) May 1, 2023
Here are some other reactions:
Come enjoy the cricket – ankit pal (@ankit5861) May 1, 2023
Good luck Nepal 🤞— Satyam Sharma (@SatyamS14371212) May 1, 2023
💯 Trustmarks!!!— Haseeb Abdul (@Al_Optimus) May 1, 2023
Rain played spoilsport in the ACC Men’s Premier Cup Final held at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Monday May 1. Nepal won the coin toss and dispatched the United Arab Emirates first. The Nepalese bowlers put on a dominating spectacle with their opponents losing 9 wickets for a paltry 106 runs when rain limited proceedings.
Despite the bad weather, Nepalese fans packed into the stands to cheer on their country’s team. Photos that went viral showed the crowd using umbrellas to cover their heads while waving their national flag.
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There is an extra day set aside to complete the ACC Men’s Premier Cup Final and it will resume tomorrow, May 2, according to the schedule. If the bad weather does not let the match decide the winner, Nepal will be proclaimed champions due to their better position in the ICC ODI rankings. They are the 14th nation in the world, while the United Arab Emirates are 19th.
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