If everything goes as planned and talks take a right direction, Nepali cricket is close to get its first ever Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in near future.
Country’s cricket governing body, Cricket Association of Nepal, is in talks to rope in Australian cricket administrator Bill Leane as its first ever CEO. A source said that Leane himself is interested to take up the job after CAN approached him.
Leane – who worked as the CEO of Papua New Guinea Cricket Association and is regarded as one of the best CEOs ICC’s Associate nations – has termed the job as “exciting”.
“He is a very good candidate for the job because he has a haul of experience and has all abilities to take Nepal to a higher level. If our deal takes a right way, then certainly, he will be hired as the CEO,” the source said.
CAN had approached Leane in December last year and the resident from Victoria was supposed to land here in Kathmandu during the ACC Twenty20 Cup in April this year but due to some personal reason he was unable to show up.
Leane has already began working for the Nepali cricket and when he arrives in Kathmandu he will provide CAN with his presentation work.
“There are some various subjects CAN needs to talk with him. It could be about paying him salary and facilities he needed to be provided with. If we reach to an agreement in every aspect, he could be working as the first CEO of CAN,” added the source.
Leane had won many ICC awards for PNG that includes Pepsi Global Award for Best Junior Development Programme in 2011 and 2010. He also won the Pepsi Global Award for Best Marketing and Event in 2009 and 2010. Recently he worked as the CEO of Norwood Football Club in Australia for one year.
CEO Appointment – SYSTEM CALLING
Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has often been criticised for not having a CEO or a person who can take the ownership of the game. National team skipper Paras Khadka had recurrently stressed on the importance of having a CEO in making cricket a systematic sport in Nepal.
The appointment of Leane could be a relief for national team cricketers and cricket in general who has earned massive reputation with his vision and approach.
Nepal are on the threshold of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup and still if the team ends up winning a one-day status, Leane could be proved decisive in maintaining the momentum the team carries right now apart from establishing a proper system in the game.