Nepali national cricket team’s jersey sold for $1300, a record Paras Khadka claims

by ram khatry


2 May 2015 5:28 PM AEST: The catastrophic events that rocked Nepal last week have brought out the best in people from across the world but the thoughts of his motherland in distress has prompted an ordinary Nepali man in Sydney to pay $1300 for a jersey of the Nepali cricket team.

In doing so, he inadvertently set the record of being the highest bidder in the history of Nepali sports paraphernalia. He spent NPR 115,843 as calculated by the website of a money transfer company.

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Paras Khadka, on the left, with the highest bidder Bijay Sharma in this unrelated photo. Courtesy: Facebook

Bijay Sharma outbid his millionaire fellow Nepalis present on the occasion to claim ownership of the jersey signed by Nepali captain Paras Khadka, who was also present at the auction.

Mr Sharma was contacted by southasia.com.au through Facebook but was not heard from.

The auction was jointly organised by the Nepali Australian Youth Association and the Nepalese Cricket Association Australia in order to raise funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake. Cricket NSW’s Craig McLean and leaders of Australia’s Nepali diaspora were also present on the occasion.

Captain Paras Khakda confirmed it was the highest amount ever paid for any item associated with the game of cricket in Nepal. However, a Sydney-based journalist who was the general secretary of Nepal Sports Journalists Forum for over a decade said the amount $1300 is the highest ever paid for any sports memorabilia related to Nepal, let alone cricket. “There is no record of any Nepali sports item of being sold for such an amount. This is a first,” Hemanta Kafle, who is also the former treasurer of Federation of Nepali Journalists, claimed.

Speaking at the event, Mr Khadka urged everyone to dig deep and come to the aid of his motherland but urged on maintaining transparency as Nepalis across the world scramble to raise funds through innumerable channels. He asked Nepali youths present on the occasion to keep playing the sport of cricket so that someday Nepalis here can play in the national team of Australia, or even Nepal.

The Nepali captain is currently touring Australia for a set of pre-arranged events organised by his fans in the country. But the events became fund-raising dinners in the wake of the April 25 earthquake that has claimed nearly six and half thousand people so far while the death toll continues to rise.

When asked if he was happy with the turn-out of the punters, the president of the Nepalese Cricket Association of Australia Ajay Kshatry said, “We are happy with the turnout. I personally feel that it never was about the turnout, it was more about raising fund which we managed to do. This is just a small effort to collect a small amount of money in this difficult time.”

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