The Ministry for Youth and Sports surprisingly said the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has not been dissolved but suspended for an indefinite period.
The official statement from the ministry came exactly a week after the Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal told the media following cabinet meeting that the government has decided to dissolve the CAN and formed a new ad-hoc committee.
“CAN has not been dissolved, it has been suspended for an indefinite period,” said MoYS joint secretary Chudamani Paudel during a programme at his office on Friday. “The recommendation has been made from the CIAA (Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority) and the decision has been taken by the government,” said Paudel.
“It has been said in the media that the CAN has been dissolved but it actually has been suspended. We were yet to give an official statement because we didn’t have received the decision in written form from the cabinet,” added Paudel.
After Minister Rijal informed about the cabinet decision on November 6, infuriated CAN members had said that they would file a case against the decision in the court. The government has brought in former CAN President Binay Raj Pandey, Sri Harsha Koirala as vice-president and Ramesh Kumar Silwal as general secretary.
The new office bearers of the cricket governing body on Friday were also handed appointment letter.