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Indoor facility, two-day regional event on offer

The Tribhuvan University Stadium is soon to get an indoor facility for the national team’s preparation for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, writes national English daily The Himalayan Times. 


According to the daily newspaper, a five-member working committee — recently formed by the National Sports Council (NSC) — is working out for the construction of the indoor facility. The committee is also working ahead in the expansion of the gymnasium at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on the TU Stadium premises and budgeting on a two-day regional tournament.


The sports governing body had instructed the committee to work on the three aspects following a meeting with Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), coach Pubudu Dassanayake and cricketers. Though the committee is yet to submit the report, Dassanayake has asked the NSC to finalise the projects before the national team’s arrival from New Zealand after participating in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers slated for New Zealand from January 13 to February 1, the daily has written.


“As far as the two-day regional tournament is concerned, we are planning to suggest the authorities to organise a separate event that will follow the format of one-day national,” The Himalayan Times quoted Tamatta as saying. 


“We are working on the budgeting and will submit the report to the NSC. Since it is going to be a lengthy tournament, we might need more sponsors chip in for the event. It might be difficult for us to get the sponsors in the early stages, assistance from the NSC and Ministry will be required,” informed Tamatta.


NSC Member Secretary Yubaraj Lama said the three projects would be completed at the earliest. “We are just waiting for the report from the committee. Once the report is received, we will start working seriously considering the time and technicalities involved in it,” Lama told The Himalayan Times. 


The Nepali sports governing body has asked the committee to submit the report for Nepal’s preparation for 2014 ICC World Twenty20 inside seven days. After the government directed the Youth and Sports Ministry to come with short and long-term plans in the development of cricket, NSC has former the committtee. 


A separate report on the possibilities of stadiums in the existing cricket grounds in the country has also been asked to submit by the NSC inside one month.

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