Zohra Sports Management (ZSM) has countered the Cricket Association of Nepal’s (CAN) decision of not providing technical assistance to Ncell Nepal Premier League by acquiring umpires from India.
“ZSM is pleased to confirm that we are acquiring umpires from Lucknow who are part of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA). These umpires are first class umpires of Uttar Pradesh and operate domestic level of BCCI tournaments,” ZSM said in a press release on Monday.
CAN had refrained from providing A Grade umpires of Nepal after pulling out the ownership from the Ncell NPL saying the event no longer is a CAN-organized event alleging ZSM of breaking its agreement with the cricket governing body.
“If the board doesn’t provide us with A Grade umpires then we cannot get affected by that decision. We have called on the umpires through the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to make sure that NPL remains a quality cricketing event,” said ZSM Managing Director Aamir Akhtar.
“ZSM is forced to contact umpires from India as CAN did not send its technical committee for prestigious tournaments like Ncell NPL. ZSM is committed to produce quality cricket in Nepal and continue to do so.
We hope now we understand that nothing should stop the spirit we carry to promote domestic cricket in Nepal through Ncell NPL,” the statement from ZSM reads.
“Umpiring standard was the only issue in the ongoing tournament for which we have got the best option. However we would like to thank our current local umpires who did their job with full dedication.”