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CAN responds to pubic outcry by handing Sompal Grade ‘A’ contract, three new names in women’s grading

After a massive public outcry, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) brought back Sompal Kami into it’s A Grade of the Central Contract along with bringing few more changes in both the men’s and women’s classification.

On September 22, CAN prepared a new grading of the national cricketers for 2020 but came under sever criticism after it was alleged of favourtism and nepotism while awarding the central contracts.

The biggest shock was handing a B grade contract to Sompal Kami and removing Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi from the list despite the two being an integral part of the national team for 2019.

The cricket governing body on October 1 responded by saying it will review the decision taken by Players’ Grading Committee which is led by its treasurer Roshan Kumar Singh.

According to the new classification Sompal returns to Grade A, while Lalit has been given a Grade ‘B’ contract. National team’s 2019 entrant Abinash Bohora was brought to B from C and another exciting youngster Sandeep Jora, who was unusually, kicked out from the list was brought to C.

In the women’s grading Saraswati Chaudhary has been given Grade ‘B’ contract with Mamata Chaudhary and Suman Khatiwada also brought into the system. Both the players were given Grade C contract. All three women cricketers were not in CAN’s initial grading list.

With more players now bound by central contract, CAN said the contract period will be applicable for six months of 2020 because of the financial crunch owing to Corona Virus pandemic. Previously, the contract was applicable for a year.

The central committee meeting of the cricket governing body also decided to begin national cricket team closed-camp from November 25 setting strict health protocols. Likewise, CAN also decided to upgrade the pavilion at the TU grounds with support from Indian Embassy and upgrade the facilities at the Mulpani Cricket Ground.

Durgaraj Pathak has been given responsibility to prepare a procedure to run National Cricket Academy. It has also formed a committee under the convenorship of Prashant Bikram Malla to prepare Nepali cricket’s strategical plan for next three years. Rishi Gautam, Pathak, Kailash Bista and Chhumbi Lama are the members in the committee.

Also, CAN will seek government approval to organise the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket in December. Additionally, the AGM of CAN has been scheduled for November 18.

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