Kathmandu: Hundreds of cricket fans packed the streets of Nepal's capital Kathmandu on Wednesday, hailing the Himalayan nation's newest heroes at a victory rally after their shock qualification for the Twenty20 World Cup finals.
Dressed in navy blue jackets, the players boarded an open-topped bus covered with marigold garlands, waving to fans at their first public appearance since their return home from Abu Dhabi where they clinched qualification last week. (Nepal, UAE qualify for World T20)
"I bunked school today to participate in the victory rally. So you can imagine how happy I am," Chiran Panday, a gleeful ninth-grader, told AFP as he waved a small national flag.