The Youth and Sports Ministry (MoYS) is mulling to reinstate the suspended committee of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).
The MoYS is holding a meeting with the suspended committee of the CAN and form a new one incorporating the officials from the ad-hoc committee that was formed by the government. The government on November 6 had suspended the CAN following a recommendation from the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA).
The anti-corruption watchdog of Nepal had filed graft charges against 10 of the CAN officials for their alleged involvement in embezzling millions of rupees in the construction of the Mulpani Cricket Stadium apart from recommending the government, MoYS and National Sports Council to bring in a new committee deeming the old one incapable of running cricket in the country.
The suspended CAN, however, is taking control of cricket after the Supreme Court issued an interim order to them barring the ad-hoc committee, led by Binaya Raj Pandey, from working at the office.
The MoYS and the suspended committee are exposed to sit on a meeting on Thursday to discuss to give the way out to the existing deadlock in cricket. Speaking exclusively to cricketingnepal.com, Bikash Ghimire, vice-president of the suspended CAN said that Youth and Sports Ministry Purushottam Paudel is positive in reinstating the suspended body.
“We will be talking about the suspended CAN and forming a new ad-hoc committee,” informed Ghimire adding the MoYS has also agreed to dissolve the Pandey-led ad-hoc committee and the new body will be formed incorporating officials from both sides.
It has been told that Deepak Saud, currently a spokesperson in the suspended CAN, will lead the CAN, while Ramesh Silwal – the general secretary in Pandey-led ad-hoc committee – will remain the general secretary. Ranjit Tamang is expected to be the treasurer.