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NSC responds to government’s directive

Nepal’s sports governing body National Sports Council (NSC) on Friday formed a five-member working committee that will submit plans for Nepal’s preparation in the ICC World Twenty20 and ICC World Cup Qualifiers. 


The committe is also subjected to come up with short-term and sustainable plans for the long term development of cricket in the country. The committe was formed in response to the government’s directive. 


The recent cabinet meeting had asked the Youth and Sports Ministry along with the NSC to come with the plans showing readiness to invest in the sport.


Nepal confirmed their tickets for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 after defeating Hong Kong by five wickets in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers. The achievement is the biggest in nation’s history and prompted government to respond positively.


It was the first time in its history of sports that government keenly showed interest in the development of any sports discipline owing to the achievement.


The committee, headed by Prakash Chandra Ghimire,Chief of the Sports Department , will now have been given a one-week deadline to submit its report. Youth and Sports Ministry Joint-secretary Ram Bahadur Hamal, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) Member Sanjeev Pandey, NSC chief coach Jagat Tamatta and NSC Engineering Department’s Bishwomitra Sanjyal are the members in the committee. 


The committe will also prepare a report that will include the plans to raise the standard of existing cricket grounds in TU, Bhairahawa, Mulpani, Pokhara and Birgunj following a field observation. NSC is also seeking a clarification over the heavy fine slapped by ICC to CAN. In October this year, CAN had slapped a huge fine of Rs 8.4 million for not being able to subit quarterly financil report. 

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