A board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) that concluded on Thursday approved its Development Committee recommendation to pay the salaries of national team cricketers under central contract.
Nepali cricketers, who have been under the central contract of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), are yet to receive their salaries of the last 16 months. The players have not been getting money after the CAN ran into dispute followed by the ICC’s suspension of the country’s cricket governing body in April 25 last year.
“The ICC Board also agreed to a recommendation from the Development Committee to pay the outstanding salaries to national contracted players whilst the Cricket Association of Nepal is suspended and undergoing constitutional reform and reinstatement process,” the ICC said in a media release.
The players will receive salaries from the ICC fund CAN is supposed to get but failed to retrieve them due to poor governance and dispute within the body. The Advisory Group formed by the ICC for the constitutional reform and reinstatement process had requested the ICC Development Committee to pay salaries to the players.
Before the suspension of CAN, 22 players were under central contract before five more players were added. Sandeep Lamichhane, Sushan Bhari Shrestha, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sunil Dhamala and Prem Tamang were added to the list.