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Its all about who wants the CEO

The news of CAN’s correspondence with Australian Bill Leane to rope him as the Chief Executive Officer of the cricket governing body might have lit the eyes of the cricketers and those associated with the sport but doubt weighs much heavier.‘Ownership’ has been a recurring word in skipper Paras Khadka’s speech whenever he is involved in any discussion regarding the development of cricket in Nepal. The ownership is all about getting a person to take the account of Nepali cricket in its success and failure, a person or an administration which can realise the aspirations of doing good in the global cricketing arena.It would be a part of cynicism if we expect to get workaholics from a leadership which is running voluntarily as CAN has been. None of the members in the cricket governing body is paid — the willingness to work itself will wane with progressing time.The National Cricket Academy is already under operation and if things go as planned it can produce cricketing talent in more than 10,000 in numbers a year from across the nation. The government has addressed the recent achievements with cash but CAN has run like it has been.Until and unless Nepali cricket is run by an administration which is highly paid and operates with worksheet, the results are just going to mere results. But conditions seem to have been changing. With the country taking giant leap from Division-V to Division-II in a matter of more than two years and cricket partially falling in government’s priority, it is now time to hit the hot iron by landing a CEO.Though CAN’s correspondence with Leane broke very late in the media — almost seven months after they began interacting with the Australian –, it not too late either to have him. But, hiring Leane is not as easier as one can imagine him of boarding a plane from his hometown Victoria and landing in Nepal the next day to join his new office in Kathmandu.Leane is actually a workaholic who has immense experience of working in a diverse field — be it business or sport. Before returning to Australia in 2011, Leane was already one of the best CEOs in the Associate cricket. He won several ICC Global Awards for his excellent leadership to take Papua New Guinea (PNG) cricket to new heights during his two-year tenure.Landing a man of such height will definitely mean that CAN will first have to show readiness to invest on him. But investing on Leane would only be a secondary one to CAN. The biggest and stiff challenge would be to invest on the plans that a CEO might prepare.Leane — who believes that Nepal have enormous potential to get to a World Cup of any form — is found to be interested in taking the administrative reins of Nepali cricket.Since, he is already prepared with the plans to operate Nepali cricket, CAN’s acceptance or rejection of Leane depends on ther readiness.Leane has plans of preparing 120,000 cricketing kids in schools and clubs and later to flow them into local competition for over 10,000 in numbers. Along with that he also wants and elite process for U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-21 including national championships at these levels.Investment on elite coaches, a full academy with rigorous standards and expectations apart from handing senior and emerging players with adequate exposure by arranging them to play outside Nepal is his another plan.One of his key points for developing Nepal cricket is to attract investment by local business and recognised brands along with national teams, women’s cricket and scholarships and competitive situations equating to at least $2.2 million annulally in revenue generated is his another priority. CAN, partnering with Leane, has to splash a huge amount of cash in cricket but it doens’t mean that the cricket governing body is solely entitled to manage everything. The CEO himself will be responsible to come with rigid plans so as to lure big investors, while CAN needs to assist Leane by making full use of the funds provided by ICC and ACC. But it all comes down to CAN’s readiness at the end of the day. Its all about who wants the CEO.

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