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A call to paint Nepal blue during World Twenty20

  Flag-day campaign launched to support national cricket team bound to Bangladesh

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Cricketers with celebrities during a campaign programme in Kathmandu on Monday.

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Without the programme itinerary and rundown, the hosts had no clue how they were going to communicate. But when media personality Sahana Bajrcharya began from the scratch with the past examples on how the Nepalis responded to patriotism, an appeal to paint Nepal blue during the ICC World Twenty20 was enough to light the fire.

As the nation is eagerly waiting for the biggest sporting event till date — ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh — people from various walks of life have joined hands to paint Nepal blue by wearing national team jersey as a flag-day celebration on match days. Nepal will play their first match against Hong Kong on March 16, Bangladesh on 18 and Afghanistan on March 20.

The flag-day is a global concept which is celebrated to mark historical events. Bankers, media entrepreneurs, actors, singers and athletes from different sports disciplines have come forward to celebrate Nepal’s participation in their first ever World Twenty20.

Some of the renowned personalities joining hands in the campaign were prominent comedians Madan Krishna Shrestha and Hari Bansha Acharya, actors Karma Shakya, Daya Hang Rai, Raymon Das Shrestha, Priyanka Karki, Richa Sharma and Gaurav Pahari, singer Hemanta Rana, banker Anil Shah, footballers Anil Gurung and Sandip Rai, karate player Deepak Shrestha and taekwondo ace Deepak Bista.

The man most touched by the concept of flag-day was banker Anil Shah. “It’s a great feeling when we see our cricketers represent Nepal at a global stage. Nepal’s appearance in the World Twenty20 is a matter of pride for every Nepali. It is going to be a huge thing for those who miss the action live from the ground,” said Shah. “I will be wearing the national cricket team’s jersey on match days and also give the assurance that my whole office will be painted in blue,” added Shah.

Veteran comedy actor Acharya expressed solidarity in his own style. “I will not wear it on match days only. I will wear it before the game and sleep wearing it so that I could get the glimpse of our cricket team winning in dreams,” said Acharya. His performing partner Shrestha appreciated the concept. “There is a divine power in support. This is a very good concept. If all the Nepalis wear national team’s jersey, that is going to be the biggest support we could give,” said Shrestha.

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