Amidst the calls of resignation, the 10 tainted officials from the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) remained rigid to stick to their post by giving up their responsibilities temporarily.
On Sunday, Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) had booked the CAN officials along with seven construction company owners and an engineer from the coutnry’s sports governing body for their alleged involvement in the financial irregularities.
The move from the CAN officials came after Nepal lost highly-probable hosting rights of the ICC World Cricket League Division-III. The ICC had proposed Nepal to host the Division-III but it decided to hand it to Uganda after the CAN officials were booked for corruption.
A meeting of the cricket governing body on Thursday decided to replace the officials with other members from the executive committee until the Special Court comes with a verdict on the graft charges.
Senior vice-president Tarini Bikram Shah will now lead CAN as acting president replacing Tanka Aangbuhang who was among the 10 officials accused.
Other members charge-sheeted in the Special Court are vice-presidents Chatur Bahadur Chand, Sunil Man Amatya and Binod Mainali, general secretary Ashok Nath Pyakuryal, treasurer Raju Babu Shreshta, secretary Thakur Prasad Pahadi, members Kiran Rana, Thakur Pratap Thapa and Purna Lama.
Secretary Uttam Karmacharya will take over the post of general secretary and spokesperson, while Diwakar Ghale have been given the responsibility to work in place of treasurer Shrestha.
Pyakuryal said there was no point in resigning. “We have been accused but not proved guilty. We are yet to receive the official paper from the Special Court regarding our hearing. The Special Court has to prove it first so there is no point in resigning,” said Pyakuryal.
Apart from booking the CAN officials, the CIAA had also recommended the government to dissolve the entire committee of the cricket governing body and form a new one.
The CAN officials have not only been the target of cricketers and lovers of the game. During a visit early this year, international governing bodies ICC and ACC had asked CAN to improve its working ways by adapting a professional approach of running the game in country.