Nepali cricket supporters residing in the United States of America and United Kingdom have decided to honour Nepal’s man-of-the-match and best performers during the ongoing Tri-Nation Twenty20 International Series in Kathmandu.
Nepal and Netherlands are set to contest the final of the tournament where the organisers have not awarded man-of-the-match with cash prizes. The final is scheduled for Saturday behind closed doors.
Nepalese Cricket North Carolina of America and Nepal Cricket Fan Club’s members from the UK will provide cash prizes to every Nepali man-of-the-match and give best performance on a losing cause.
“Its very disappointing to see that man-of-the-match of the Tri-Nation Series are not given cash rewards. This is very laughable and at the same time hurts the sentiment of Nepali cricket supporters,” a joint press statement said.
“The decision of not rewarding man-of-the-match with cash rewards raises question over whether Nepal can be the next destination for international cricket or not. So, we have decided to take the initiation by ourselves and reward Nepal’s top performers,” it added.
While all man-of-the-match will get $100 each, Kushal Bhurtel will earn an additional $125 for becoming the world’s first batsman with three consecutive Twenty20 International half centuries as a debutant and Aasif Sheikh will earn the same amount for his involvement in Nepal’s record opening partnership of 116 runs against Netherlands with Kushal.
While Sompal Kami and Karan KC were two other man-of-the-match recipients for Nepal, Dipendra Singh Airee will also get $100 for his brilliant batting performance against the Dutch in the second game which Nepal had lost by three wickets.