Wednesday, February 21, 2024

‘Passion is over, now career begins’: Paras Khadka

Kathmandu: Former Nepali national team captain and player Paras Khadka, who has retired from international cricket, told reporters on Wednesday that his real career would begin now.

Paras, who has represented the country through cricket for 19 years and is also a successful captain of Nepali cricket, said that his playing career was not a career but a passion.

However, Paras was only 33 years old. In terms of age, it is not the time for him to retire, but the age to start a career as he said. ‘Playing cricket became a career but that was passion. The career starts now, ”he said.

Paras, who wore Nepal’s jersey from the under-19 team in 2002, made his senior team debut in 2004. After playing for Nepal for almost two decades, he played 10 ODIs and 33 T20Is. Paras, who has scored the most runs for Nepal in both these formats, is the first and only Nepali to score a century in ODI and T20I.

Under Paras’ leadership, Nepal got the title from Division 5 to ODI recognition. In 2014, Nepal played the T20 World Cup for the first time under his captaincy. These are not ordinary achievements, but perhaps Paras is now planning to face more challenges and achieve more by calling it a career.

Although he is not hiding, he is planning to leave his playing career and come to cricket management. Paras also said that he has plans to run a cricket academy, do cricket commentary and coach. But his aim is to join the Nepal Cricket Association (NCA). Going even further, he said that if he succeeds in managing cricket, he can also enter politics.

Paras says he has announced his retirement with a lot of thought. “When I left the captaincy two years ago, the idea (of retirement) was whether to play now or not. But I stayed for moral support to the team, ”said Paras. I slept, woke up and it was not a decision. I took the right time and announced my retirement.

He commented that even though he is just 33 years old, looking at his experience in cricket, it feels like he is over 50 mentally.

Paras said that his dream is to give test recognition to Nepal. “If Nepal got the recognition of one-day cricket in 2005, we will be able to play Test cricket till now,” said Paras.

He is currently planning to run Paras Cricket Academy. He also says that it will be expanded across the country.

The old thinking of coming to CAN

Paras said that he had thought of coming to the leadership in 2009 when he was the captain of the national team.

He said the decision came after he led the cricket team as a player. “After two years as captain, I started thinking about what can be done in Cannes. That’s why I thought I could do something by coming to Cannes, “he said.

He said that the strategy to get elected in CAN has not been formulated yet. ‘It’s about working with people right now. I don’t have a team. But I can’t do it alone. We have to move forward together, ”said Paras.


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