The National Sports Council (NSC) has taken a positive move by allocating Rs 45 million for a separate cricket stadium in Mulpani. The NSC decision comes at a time when the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) received a major boost in their bid to complete the unfinished Mulpani Cricket Stadium project after signing a 3.9 million-rupee agreement with NRN UAE.
“We will separate an amount of around Rs 40m to Rs 45m from the sports budget of the new fiscal year for another ground in Mulpani. If we get another stadium ready along with the Mulpani Cricket Stadium then we could have two international grounds,” NSC member secretary Yubaraj Lama informed www.cricketingnepal.com.
Lama also said that operation at both the projects will get smooth this year adding: “We will release an amount of three million rupees in due course to CAN. We had allocated an amount of three million rupees for Mulpani Cricket Stadium and two million rupees for Bhairahawa criket ground.”
“Since our focus is on completing the unfinished Mulpani project, the budget allocated for Bhairahawa will also go for it. The second installment will also be released,” said Lama. The member secretary added the amount will be used in building parapet and players’ box. CAN had planned to construct two grounds in Mulpani after the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) chose Nepal as the venue for its central cricket Academy in 2004. ACC, however, refrained from the project the project that left Nepal with a task of constructing a cricket stadium. Kiran Rana, a member at the cricket governing body, the newly planned stadium — which is few metres away from the unfinished Mulpani project — could get hi-tech facilities if it gets proper budget and planning.
Rana said NSC’s new step over the new ground came following a meetingby national team skipper Paras Khadka, vice-captain Gyanendra Malla,CAN President Tanka Angbuhang, General Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakureland other officials with the member secretary.
Rana added: “The initital work the new ground will see is levelling and fencing which will be done by NSC. We have to see how work goes,” added Rana.In a separate deal few months ago CAN had signed an agreement with NRNUAE to construct an indoor facility at the unfinished Mulpani project which is supposed to to get a full shape by next year.