by ram khatry
30 April 2015 4:45 PM AEST: Nepal’s cricketing hero says he is heart-broken to be away from home as his country comes to terms with the devastation caused by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that hit his country on April 25.
Paras Khada, the captain of the Himalayan nation’s national cricket team, said on April 29 that the best he could do now is to transform his pre-arranged Australian trip into a full-blown charity programme to help his motherland deal with the aftermath of the catastrophic events.
Nepalis living across the world consider Mr Khada a ‘hero’ because it was under his leadership that their national team rose to Division One from Division Five of international cricket.
Speaking at a ‘meet and greet’ programme in Sydney which was organised by Nepali Australian Youth Association, Mr Khadka said on Wednesday that he has been grief-stricken by the tragedy that struck his country while he was away. The Association is due to organise a charity dinner on Friday, May 1, during which signed cricketing paraphernalia of the Nepali national team, including jerseys, will be auctioned.
The entire fund collected through the dinner would be used to rehabilitate victims of the Nepal earthquake, Mr Khada said on the occasion. The funds collected through the Darwin and Brisbane events will also be put to the same cause, he added.
In regard to the future and scope of cricket in his country, he lamented that the game has suffered because it has failed to be institutionalised in Nepal. He warned nothing will be achieved by just cricketers going about their play. ‘Until and unless there are people in the Cricket Association of Nepal who understand the game properly and who really desire to contribute to it, its development will not be possible,’ the frustrated skipper warned.
He claimed whatever Nepal has achieved so far has been possible solely due to the die-hard commitment of his teammates and coaches.
The captain arrived in Sydney following similar trips to Brisbane and Darwin. He was in Brisbane when the tragedy struck. His final programme will be in Melbourne next week.
He called on every Nepali, at home and abroad, to be united as Nepal begins its rather slow journey to recovery.