Mahendranagar has been recognised as a new region in domestic cricket by the second Annual General Meeting of the Cricket Association of Nepal.
The region will now be named as Region No 9 in the domestic competitions which will cover Kanchanpur, Kailali, Doti and Accham districts. A board meeting of the cricket governing body had decided to name Dhangadhi as the new region few weeks earlier but the central committee meeting on Friday at the AGM in Pokhara had proposed Mahendranagar as the headquarter of the new region.
The status has been given as a breakaway part of Region No 6 Baitadi which will now cover Dadeldhura, Baitadi, Darchula and Bajhang. Deepak Saud – one of the chief organisers of the sixth National Games – will remain the president of the new region. He was named the president of Dhangadhi region after the CAN board meeting.
Meanwhile, the AGM approved a budget of Rs 120 million which includes Rs 20.6 million for national and international tournaments’ preparation, Rs 10 million for high performance training, Rs 10.57 million for employees’ paycheck and Rs 840,000 for players’ salary.
Also, Mulpani cricket grounds is set to get a budget of Rs 50.8 million and Rs 4.6 million has also been separated for ground construction at the TU Stadium, Bhairahawa and IOE grounds in Pulchowk.
CAN President submitted his report over future strategies of the cricket governing body and had it approved from the closed-session on Saturday. Angbuhang strategies include Nepal’s preparation for two World Cup Qualifiers, invitation to foreign clubs to play in Nepal, seeking help from the government to organise international tournaments and constructing the regional academies.
A third AGM has also been called after next six months.