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Minister meets players, says government can step in

Youth and Sports Minister Purushottam Paudel said the government can step in to solve the deadlock that has remained in Nepali cricket following the public outburst from the national cricket team against the Cricket Association of Nepal.


Showing dissatisfaction over CAN’s working ways and making public a number of issues that has been ignored by the cricket governing body, the national cricket team has appealed the government to bring in a new committee or else they will quit cricket.


CAN, in response, formed a three-member talks committee under its vice-president Chatur Bahadur Chand but the national team refused to do any deal with CAN saying it was meaningless. The cricketers have demanded government’s involvement along with commitment to settle the issues rejecting CAN’s request.


“First, we have to go through why the cricketers who established Nepal in the international arena were ignored and why they were handled weakly by the concerned body. The government wants the issue to be settled between the players and CAN but if the problem persists, we are ready to step in to settle the things,” said Paudel during an inauguration of Swoyambhu Recreation Center.


Minister Paudel on Sunday talked to the cricketers at his office where they told him: “Holding meeting with CAN alone is useless now. We are not fighting here for salary and allowance. Our fight is against the system. CAN has to change the system under which it is working. We will only talk to CAN in presence of the high profile people from CAN and National Sports Council.”


National team skipper Paras Khadka said Paudel has told the players to discuss further about their demand of holding a tripartite talks and make the move accordingly.

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