Nepal to host cricket match in memory of Phil Hughes

  • Utpal Parashar, Hindustan Times, Kathmandu
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2015 16:09 IST

Nepal's national cricket team and some Australian players will take part in a 63-over cricket match to be held in Kathmandu in April in memory of late Australian cricketer Phil Hughes.

The 31.3-over-a-side match approved by Cricket Australia (CA) and Hughes's family will be played at the Tribhuvan University Stadium on April 11.

"Our cricketers and fans have united in their desire to pay respect and celebrate the spirit of late Philip Hughes," said Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) CEO Bhawana Ghimire.

The match will be played between Nepal's cricket team and another team which will include some Australian players.

The total number of overs in the match refers to the score Hughes made for Southern Australia against New South Wales before he sustained a fatal injury on his head during the match in November 25 last year.

"We will confirm the names of the Australian players soon. There will be two teams, one red and one blue. The red team will be captained by a Nepali player and the blue by an Australian," she said.

The proceeds from the match will go to the Mount Everest expedition and after the match one of Hughes' bats and his Australian jersey will be taken to the top of the world's highest peak.

Cricket is rapidly gaining popularity in Nepal where football is the most popular sport. Cricket officials believe the tribute match will help boost popularity of the gentlemen's game further.

Nepal is an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the men's national team took part in last year's T20 World Cup held in Bangladesh.

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