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Matribhumi Cup: Paras, Gyanendra appeal for massive turn out in support of stadium campaign

Apr 12, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal national team skipper Paras Khadka and vice-captain Gyanendra Malla joined Dhurmus-Suntali Foundation on Friday appealing people to join the actors' campaign of constructing the Lord Buddha International Stadium by attending the Matribhumi Cup -- a Twenty20 competition involving top notch Nepali cricketers. 

Actors Sitaram Kattel and his wife Kunjana Ghimire, popularly known as Dhurmus and Suntali, had announced the plans of constructing an international stadium in Bharatpur's Forestry University premises in Chitwan for which they have already received the land from Bhatarapur Metropolitan City.


To raise the fund for their campaign, the Foundation is holding the Twenty20 game which will be played between the teams led by Paras and Gyanendra. "This is a good initiative and we don't want the people to support this initiative for just Saturday. This campaign needs to be supported until the task is completed. I request everyone to join Dhurmus Suntali for this cause," said Paras on the eve of the match.


The Twenty20 competition will precede by a six-over game between celebrities from Nepali movie and music industry. The ticket for the day has been set at Rs 300. According to Dhurmus, everyone in the ground will be playing to watch the game including the players and organisers. They have also requested the media persons reporting the event to support the cause by buying tickets.


"This is a common campaign for all the Nepalese who have always supported the Nepali national team in their success. We are hopeful that the Matribhumi Cup will play a significant role in making more people aware about this campaign. We want people from all the quarters of the society to attend the match," said Dhurmus.


The complete construction of the stadium is expected to cost Rs 3 billion with the government also pledging help for the campaign. The total area for the stadium covers 20 bigha and six katthas and will have training grounds, swimming pool, gymnasium along with the main ground. Suntali said the stadium will contribute a lot to Nepali cricket once it is completed.


"We have seen how honest our cricketers have been on the field and achieved numerous successes making the whole nation proud. We thought that we have to pay back our players by having a facility which could support them in a long run. The stadium will have such facilities which will help every aspiring kid to take a steam in realising their dream of becoming a cricketer in future," said Suntali.


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