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Mayor Cup One Day cricket from March 6

Nepal will get its second 50-over tournament in two months as the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) set March 6-13 dates for the Mayor Cup One Day National.

A first of its kind, the cricket governing body had tied up with Kathmandu Metropolitan City to launch the tournament. CAN had organised the Prime Minister Cup One Day National, a tournament financially supported by the National Sports Council, that concluded on January 31.

Kathmandu Metropolitan has also chipped in Rs 5 million to conduct the tournament. The eight-day tournament includes four semi-finalists from the Prime Minister Cup and one combined team of Kathmandu Metropolitan which will include best players of six provincial teams that competed in the PM Cup.

Bagmati was the only provincial team to reach PM Cup semi-finals along with departmental sides Nepal Police Club, Tribhuvan Army Club and Nepal Armed Police Force Club. Army had beaten APF in the final.

The participating teams will play a single round robin league and the top two teams will meet directly in the final. Mulpani Cricket Ground and Tribuvan University Cricket Stadium will be jointly hosting the tournament.

Nepal, who had their two foreign tours wiped out due to Corona Virus pandemic, were in a closed-camp conducted by their recently recruited coach Dav Whatmore. CAN has already postponed the closed-camp to prepare for the Mayor Cup.

Nepal were scheduled to play away to Qatar in a three-match Twenty20 International Series in mid February before playing Oman and USA in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Tri-Series from March 14-28.

While the Qatar tournament was called off, Oman series was postponed because of new health protocol made it difficult for the gulf nations in smooth functioning of the events.

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