Youth and Sports Minister Purushottam Paudel on Friday said the government will prepare an international standard cricket ground in Mulpani in a year.
Talking at an interaction programme, Paudel said the government will move in a planned manner to continue the momentum cricket has picked up in the country after Nepal’s impressive debut in the ICC World Twenty20 where they won two matches and lost one.
“We assure that the government will work with dedication to make sure that nothing is left behind in the development of cricket. Be it in infrastructure or providing an appropriate domestic cricket structure to lay the foundation in the country,” said Paudel.
“The construction work to make an international cricket stadium in Mulpani will be completed in one year,” said Paudel.
The Mulpani Stadium project has so far become a laughing stock of Nepali cricket that is yet to be completed after its construction began in 2006. The government recently had promised the construction of an international stadium in its Common Minimum Programme.
Paudel also said that the government is mulling to begin the preparations for a two-day cricket tournament in form of Prime Minister Cup. Meanwhile, the government is set to reward the national cricket team members with Rs 500,000 each.
“We have made all our preparations to reward the cricketers and after the Finance Minister (Dr Ram Sharan Mahat) returns from his Brussels visit, the cabinet will make the final decision,” said Paudel.
Country’s governing body of the sport, Cricket Association of Nepal, has also announced a cash prize of Rs 150,000 each to the members of the national cricket team.