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CPAN dismayed by home grown cricketers’ absence

Cricket Players Association Nepal (CPAN) has said it was dismayed by the absence of the country’s home grown cricketers for the Asian Premier League Twenty20 which is slated to begin from June 19.

“We understand that Asian Première League Championship is going to be organized from 19th June in Kathmandu by a foreign event management company. While we appreciate that, a tournament of this scale is being held in Kathmandu, we are utterly dismayed by the fact that there will be no involvement of Nepalese Players and officials in the tournament as there is no approval from International Cricket Council (ICC), neither from Asian Cricket Council (ACC) for this event,” a release said.

The APL organisers Ultimate Sports Management, held the auction on Monday with four Nepali cricketers sold to Nepal Storm and one player competing as iconic cricket.

“As well professional league anywhere in the world set up should bind to follow ICC anti corruption law for the smooth flow of the cricket game. Our U-19 Team has started its close camp for U-19 World Cup Qualifier, and with this event coming in the way, there seems our U-19 Team will not have ground for practice for 15 days. This will definitely affect in the preparation of most important event from Nepal’s perspective,” the release added.

The tournament organisers faced a series of questions after top Nepali cricketers didn’t register for the tournament. APL Chairman RS Dandiwal said he had talked to few Nepali cricketers personally but to no avail. 

“We had talked to Sompal Kami but he said he was going to India for another tournament. We also sent a message to national team skipper Paras Khadka but he didn’t reply,” said Dandiwal. APL is a tournament approved by National Sports Council and CPAN also had a sharp barb at the country’s supreme body of sports. 

“We also understand that National Sports Council is associated with the event and given its approval for the event, we are sorry to note that it did not push forward the interest of local players and overall cricket development in front of the organizer.” 

“The whole event is being organized in in-transparent way, as we don’t know much about organizer, team owners and other financial details. We hope concerned people will make it transparent to all local stakeholders of Nepali Cricket.”

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