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Gyanendra loses captaincy, Sandeep named new Nepali captain

Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Wednesday relieved Gyanendra Malla of national cricket team captaincy and appointed star leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane as the new captain.

Gyanendra and his deputy Dipendra Singh Airee were both relieved of their duties under disciplinary grounds. Along with the duo, fast bowlers Sompal Kami and Kamal Singh Airee have also not been considered for the first six months of national team central contract for the year 2022.

CAN had formed probe committee after the four players were deemed to have breached discipline while speaking against the decision of what they termed as “unfair grading” while handing central contract to national players.

The cricket governing body had sought clarification from the players twice and concluded they were not satisfactory.

CAN decision is certain to hit Nepali cricket hard specially at the time when the team is supposed to prepare for February’s ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier to be held in Oman.

Sandeep, who is currently is Australia playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League, will now lead the team for the first time in an all-important Qualifier which sends the top two teams in the 2022 showpiece in Australia.

Nepal are pitted against Ireland, Canada, Oman, UAE, Philippines, Germany and Bahrain in the Group A of the Qualifier. CAN’s central committee meeting on Wednesday also decided to set up the national team preparation camp in Pokhara from December 21.

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