With the ICC World Cricket League Championship away matches against Hong Kong looming, National Sports Council (NSC) has finally ended 50-over cricket’s hiatus of Nepal coming up with the highest cash prize Prime Minister’s Cup One-Day National.
The tournament, which gives away a hefty amount of two million rupees to the champions, is set to begin from May 23 including five development regions along with Tribhuvan Army Club, Nepal Police Club and Nepal Armed Police Force Club.
The runners-up will get one million rupees and each losing semi-finalists will collect Rs 50,000. Likewise, each team will get Rs 25,000 for each victory in the league stage. The man-of-the-series will collect Rs 100,000 with the best bowler and fielder collecting Rs 50,000 apiece. The emerging player will get Rs 25,000 and every man-of-the-match will get Rs 5,000.
The 50-over cricket is taking place in Nepal after three years as the format was not able to hit the ground due to problems within the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) which is currently under the suspension from the International Cricket Council.
Nepal are taking on Hong Kong in their penultimate round matches of the WCLC on October 13 and 15 and the PM Cup has been taken as a selection tournament for those away games.
NSC has joined hands with Kathmandu Cricket Training Centre (KCTC) to organise the tournament smoothly. KCTC is a cricket academy run by national cricket team vice captain Gyanendra Malla. The academy has already fetched Rs 2.5 million title sponsorship deal from Ruslan Cricket.Citizen Bank International Ltd are the banking partner and e-sewa are the online partners. The two companies will be providing Rs 300,000.
The tournament will be organized in round robin league format and the participating teams are divided into two groups. Players for the regional teams will be picked up following a selection camp or tournaments, informed national team head coach Jagat Tamatta.
NSC Memeber Secretary Keshav Bista said it was a big moment for Nepali cricket. “The CAN is currently under suspension and there have been talks that the government is doing nothing in the development of domestic cricket. Its great that we have come up with country’s highest cash prize tournament,” said Bista during a press conference.
Recently concluded Dhangadhi Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament gave away a cash purse of Rs 1.5 million to the champions, then becoming country’s highest cash prize cricketing event.