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ICC approves Everest Premier League

Nov 15, 2018 | CN Staff |

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has paved way for international players to participate in the upcoming Everest Premier League (EPL) after the world cricket governing body gave green light to the tournament.

EPL, a city-based franchise Twenty20 tournament, is beginning from December 8-22 with six teams vying for the title. Since the country is without a cricket governing body, any tournament would require approval from the ICC to ensure the participation of international players.

EPL franchises have already had deals with few of the renowned cricketers of the world which will include Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, Zimbabwe’s Sikander Raza, Scotland’s Kyle Coetzer and Hong Kong’s Babar Hayat.

“The approval was granted after EPL forwarded the neccessary documents and the sanctioning fee of USD 20,000. ICC had requested for the submission of the sanctioning fee in advance for the approval and the approval letter arrived after EPL submitted the fees through Nepal Rastra Bank,” EPL said in a release.

"ICC has granted the approval bearing in mind the unique circumstances that currently exist within Nepal and because the league is in the interests of cricket in Nepal and the Nepalese Players in particular," a statement from ICC representative Clive Hitchcock read in a press release from EPL Pvt Ltd.


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