In what has to be called a victorious day for Nepali cricket, middle order batsman Sharad Vesawkar has been finally issued a citizenship by the Home Ministry on Sunday.
Sharad who has been holding a minor passport to play for Nepal in any international tournament was issued a naturalised citizenship after a month of lobbying and series of meetings in the Home Ministry and High Level Political Committee (HLPC).
Sharad was the most content person in a bright day for Nepali cricket. “Cricket is the winner,” Sharad told cricketingnepal.com. “I am very happy to be finally receiving the citizenship because not being a Nepali citizen, officially, had really pinched me sometimes,” said Sharad.
A team from the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) headed by President Tanka Angbuhang, Vice-presidents Bikash Ghimire and Sunil Lal Amatya and member Sanjeev Pandey had been continuously lobbying for Sharad’s citizenship.
Sharad also thanked UCPN-Maoists Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s son Prakash Dahal who is also an advisor in the cricket governing body along with CAN top brass. Some three weeks ago, the HLPC had recommended the government to issue the citizenship to the middle order batsman under ‘distinguished personality’ provision 19 days ago.
With the citizenship tensions over, Sharad said now its time to be more focused. “Though I never took this issue while playing for the country, back of the mind, it had remained there. Now its time for me to get more focused in my cricket,” said Sharad.
Sharad has represented Nepal in all age group tournaments and made the debut for the national side with the 2004 ACC Trophy.