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ICC Advisory Group to help in solving cricket crisis

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has come forward with a proposal of forming an ICC Advisory Group which will work in ending the current crisis in Nepali cricket.

Following the suspension of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on April 25, Nepali cricket has been in a limbo but ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said the Advisory Group will move ahead in transforming CAN into Nepal Cricket Board to start with a new beginning.

“The initial mandate of that Advisory Group will be to review CAN’s existing constitution. Once we have reviewed it and put in place any amendments or fresh constitution to them, it will facilitate the holding of elections under that revised constitution to form a cricket board,” said Richardson following a series of meetings with stake holders on Sunday.

Richardson, the first ever ICC CEO to visit Nepal, had talks with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at his residence along with Youth and Sports Minister Daljit Shripali to give a way out to the deadlock. Nepal are yet to retrieve ICC funds in excess to one million dollars, while the domestic cricket has been in halt for quite a long time after problems began to persist in CAN.

ICC’s suspension of CAN came after its dual existence resulted by a disputed election and followed by formation of an ad-hoc committee by the National Sports Council.

Richardson said the transformation of CAN into a board could be done through amendment of its constitution if required. “We need to put in place a constitution that everyone needs to accept and complies with the relevant legislation in Nepal. If the elections are held under that revised constitution, everyone will be happy, there will be no need of government interference and ICC will reinstate Nepal,” said Richardson adding the ICC is supported by PM Dahal in the process. 

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