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Nepal shuts down all cricket activities due to COVID-19 situation

Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Friday said it is bringing a halt to all cricketing activities in the country as the fight begins for the second strain of COVID-19.

The decision means Nepal’s impending Bilateral Series against Namibia has also been postponed immediately along with domestic tournaments.

Nepal recently organised a Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series involving the Netherlands and Malaysia, partially behind closed doors.

Three days after the start of April 17-24 Tri-Series, Nepal government had directed to hold sports events behind closed doors.

CAN had said it was preparing to hold Namibia for a Bilateral Series — both One Day and Twenty20 Internationals, while U-19 National Cricket tournament was also in the pipeline.

With neighbouring India devastated by the new variant of the Corona Virus registering more than 350,000 cases a day, Nepal is gradually gripped by the same witnessing almost 5,000 cases a day. In the last 24 hours, 33 people have died in the country.

The country is in a complete lockdown and the only sporting event that is being carried out is Nepal Super League — Nepal’s first franchise football tournament — under strict health protocol.

Until the COVID-19 situation doesn’t improve, the proposed national tournaments, district selections, provincial or district events have been called off or ordered to call off until another notice is circulated.

The cricket governing body also said that it is preparing for a procedure to regulate tournaments to be organised by clubs, academy or organisations according to the International Cricket Council provisions.

The province or district associations have been ordered not to provide ownership or affiliation to the tournaments until the procedure is implemented.

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