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PM Cup One Day National: Cricket enters Provincial set up

May 10, 2018 | CN Staff |

The second edition of the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament is set to begin from May 27 as Nepali cricket enters provincial set up for the first time.

All seven provinces apart from departmental teams Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC), Nepal Police Club (NPC) and Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club will participate in the league-cum-knockout tournament to clash for a cash purse of two million rupees for the champions.

In a tournament that carries a total budget of Rs 18 million, the runners-up will get one million rupees. The player-of-the-series will get Rs 100,000, while the best bowler and batsman pocket Rs 50, 000 apiece. The emerging player will get Rs 15,000 and every man-of-the-match will collect Rs 10,000.

In an exciting Group ‘A’, APF and TAC have been drawn in the same pool also consisting of Province 1, 2 and 4. The top two teams will make it to the semi-finals with the final set for June 12. The first edition of the tournament was contested between five development regions and three departmental teams.

“At a time when the cricket governing body is under suspension and there is no domestic cricket going around, this tournament will be a big boost for our aspiring cricketers,” said National Sports Council (NSC) Member Secretary Keshav Bista during a press conference on Thursday.

NSC is organizing the tournament while Nepalaya International will be looking after the entire management of the tournament. The event previously was looked under by Gyanendra Malla’s Kathmandu Cricket Training Centre.

Nepalaya had got the tournament after they submitted the proposal to manage the tournament. KCTC didn’t bid for the event this time. Subash Pradhan, managing director of Nepalaya, said the tournament will be important for all good means.

“50-over cricket is very important for Nepal especially after Nepal secure the One Day International status. This tournament will provide a good amount of exposure for every player and we are glad that we are going to manage this event,” said Pradhan.

Nepalaya has a bulk of experience in organizing domestic tournaments as it previously ran Inter-school and Inter-college (recently) throughout the country. The 16-day tournament is also the longest 50-over tournament in Nepal so far. Mulpani Cricket Ground and Tribhuvan University ground will divide the matches.

The tie sheet of the tournament will be drawn in due course after the confirmation of players from respective provinces. NSC has given the responsibility of coordinating with the province teams to national team coach Jagat Tamatta in terms of selecting the players.

The provinces will currently have temporary selection committees until Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) gets its ICC ban lifted and sets up its structure in all seven provinces.


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