National Sports Council Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama has told national daily Nagarik that the sports governing body has separated a budget of four million rupees in national cricket team’s preparation for the 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup Qulaifier.
Nepal are in the threshold of playing the 2015 Cricket World Cup to be held jointly in Australia and New Zealand. The 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier which is slated for January in New Zealand next year will send the top two teams in the global showpiece.
CAN has been seeking help from the government to assist the cricket governing body in giving Nepali cricketers an exposure to national cricketers and foreign training ahead of the Qualifier.
NSC Member Secretary Lama showed readiness to assist CAN but strongly asked to make full utilisation of the financial assistance that will be provided to CAN by the Internaional Cricket Council (ICC) and Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
“CAN has to utilise the grant of Rs 17.5 million it is to receive from ICC and the ACC. CAN cannot ask help from the government unless they make full utilisation of the assistance provided to Nepali cricke from international bodies,” Lama told Nagarik.
The NSC member secretary also assured that cricket will face no financial crunch ahead of the Qualifier. “The government will never let down the national cricket team financiallly. CAN has to come forward with certain plans but first of all they have to make use of international grants,” he added.
NSC has already announced a monthly allowance of Rs 10,000 to the national team cricketers until January Qualifier. Nepal made it to the World Cup Qualifier after lifting the ICC World Cricket League Division-III title in Bermuda in May this year.