Bankrupted by massive corruption which is yet to be proved, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is under intense pressure to ease the preparation for the 17th Asian Games.
CAN’s account has almost gone to zilch after the international governing bodies stopped sending the development funds to the cricket governing body, while corruption from officials have left its bank account with no saving.
CAN’s previous president Binaya Raj Pandey had collected almost Rs 70 million before he was forced to leave the office due to his own failure to find consensus within his committee for holding a general assembly according to National Sports Council directive.
The cricket governing body had also received millions of rupees from different government at different time frames. While adding to the previous collection through its own resources from the current committee remained a far cry, CAN has pushed cricket into disrepute emptying the accounts.
Millions of rupees were poured into CAN’s account for the construction of Mulpani Cricket Stadium — an unfinished project for Nepal for the last eight years which has become a laughing stock of Nepali cricket — but the latest picture of the venue is grotesque.
CAN top brass who were charge sheeted for corruption in stadium construction had said the amount were invested for Mulpani grounds before they stepped aside temporarily until the graft case is heard and concludes with a decision.
However, the pictures at the Mulpani grounds don’t suggest so. The stadium has gone with only fencing and retaining walls, while the building at the ground has no conviction of huge investment.
CAN acting general secretary Uttam Karmacharya admitted the cricket governing body is going through a terrible financial crisis. “We directly selected the preliminary squads for the men’s and women’s Asian Games and ACC U-16 Premier League directly because CAN lacks budget to hold any programs,” said Karmacharya.
While the budget crunch had also taken toll on the contract extension of Coach Pubudu Dassanayake only for the government to intervene and hand him a one-year contract, it has also hit the preparation for Asian Games and ACC U-16 Premier League.
Karmacharya said the closed-camp for the upcoming tournaments will begin after the National Sports Council disburses the Asian Games budget.
CAN might be able to hold the closed-camp after NSC gives away the allocated budget but what after the Asian Games ?