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ICC suspends Cricket Association of Nepal

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) until a proper structure in the game’s governance is established.

Nepali cricket has been in turmoil for a long time due to the dual existence of CAN after a panel from the previous committee led by Tanka Aangbuhang held elections under controversial circumstances on December 15.

The election was neither participated in by Aangbuhang faction nor received support from the National Sports Council (NSC) and elected Chatur Bahadur Chand as the new president.

NSC, which didn’t recognize the Chand-led body, then formed an ad-hoc committee under Ramesh Silwal in January 8. Cricket then went to a state of leadership vacuum after Chand-led body moved the court any verdict yet to given.

ICC, the world governing body of the sport, said it will now work in establishing proper governance and structure of Nepali cricket working closely with stakeholders.

Despite the suspension Nepali national cricket teams will still be able to participate in international ICC tournaments.

Here is ICC’s decision on Nepal

In light of the ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the Ad hoc Committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council (NSC), which has led to a vacuum of cricket leadership in Nepal, the Board suspended the Membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections.

 

The suspension means that CAN will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding. However, the Board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to this suspension, decided that the Nepal cricket teams would be able to continue to feature in ICC events.

ICC management will also now work with the Nepalese cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal.

The Board maintained that it doesn’t accept government interference in the affairs of its Members as it wants all its Members to work independently with the best intentions of promoting and developing the game in their respective territories in accordance with the ICC’s objectives and strategy.

It added that until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal, the membership of CAN will remain suspended.

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