Players’ tribute to Phillip Hughes in Nepal and at the top of Everest

A number of Australian cricketers, past and present, will assemble in Nepal to play a memorial match for Phillip Hughes on Saturday 11 April.

“The 63-over match (31.3 overs each side) will be played the Tribhuvan University cricket ground,” revealed Binay Raj Panday, the interim president of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).

In November last year, Australia’s Phil Hughes was felled by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game and succumbed to the head injury two days later. His score was 63 when he left the field for the final time.

“It will be a mixed team and another team with Nepalese National players,” continued Panday. “ICC’s administrator, Tim Anderson, is likely to witness the match.

“I doubt the presence of Hughes’ family for the match but the family has given consent for the match.

“We are seeking the services of a few expedition agencies to carry Hughes’ bat and jersey to the top of the Mt Everest,” he added.

Parak Khadka, the captain of the Nepal team, expressed his sorrow at the death of Hughes.

“The death of Hughes was a huge blow for world cricket and as players from Nepal all of us felt very sad and sorrow,” he said. “It will be a great experience to have this match organised for all of us and we are looking forward to it.

“If playing a cricket match can add as tribute to him we are more than happy and honoured,” he added. “None wants to see what happened to Hughes on a cricket field.

“It is a huge thing of taking Hughes bat and jersey on the top of Mr. Everest. This shows Nepal’s respect for the cricket and its cricketers”.

“Climbing Mt. Everest is not an easy task but very hard. It requires rigorous training and hence, we cricketers won’t be joining there.”

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
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