NEPAL and Australia will play a special cricket match on Saturday 11th April in honour of the late Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes.
The Phillip Hughes Memorial Match was confirmed by the Cricket Association of Nepal (C.A.N.) and will be played at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur, just outside the capital Kathmandu.
Uniquely the match will be a 63-over (31.3 overs aside) contest.
Hughes, 25, was 63 not out when he was struck on the back of the neck by a bouncer bowled by Sean Abbott playing for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a Sheffield Shield match on 25th November last year.
He died of his injuries (vertebral artery dissection and subarachnoid hemorrhage complications) on 27th November.
After this memorial match Hughes’ bat and jersey will be taken to the summit of Mt. Everest.
It is not yet known if a ‘full-strength’ Australian side will take part, and if they do, it’s also unknown if the ‘contest’ will have full O.D.I. status as Nepal currently only has T20I status.
If this is a full O.D.I. it will be Nepal’s first.