Cricketer Paras Khadka
Born on 24 October 1987, Paras Khadka is a Nepali cricketer as well as the captain of the Nepali cricket team. The right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, Paras started playing for Nepal National Cricket Team since 2004 and also led Nepal to win the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Five get promoted to division four.
He first represented Nepal at the Under-15 level when he had played in the Under-15 Asia Cup held in United Arab Emirates in December 2002. He had also played for the Under-19 in the following year and has played against India in the game and also in the Youth Asia Cup in Karachi.
One of the most popular sports person in Nepal, he made his debut for the senior side of the game in the year 2004 when he played against Malaysia in the 2004 ICC Intercontinental Cup which also was his first-class debut. He had also played in the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur along with ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament matches against Singapore, UAE and Hong Kong and had also played in repéchage tournament of 2005 ICC Trophy where Nepal got the third position after beating Qatar in a play-off. After these matches, he returned to the Nepal Under-19 team for the ACC Under-19 Cup held in Nepal when Nepal won the tournament after beating Malaysia in the final match.
In 2006, Paras Khadka went back to the senior side for the ACC Trophy in Kuala Lumpur and also played all four ACC Premier League matches against Hong Kong, UAE, Singapore and Malaysia. He also played in the 2007 ACC Under-19 Cup in Kuala Lumpur where Nepal won against Afghanistan in the final.
He was quoted as “arguably good enough to be in the line-up of any of the Test-playing countries” by the World Cup souvenir program and he had also been selected to play for the Ontario Cricket Club in Canada by the efforts of his national team coach Pubudu Dassanayake. One of the most popular sportsperson in Nepal, Paras Khadka is also the brand ambassador of UFO and is often featured in its advertisements and also some other advertisement. In Nepal, he has become almost synonymous to cricket.