EPL Pvt Ltd is coming up with a remodeled version of Everest
Premier League — a Twenty20 cricket tournament that carries a
historical cash prize for the winners.
The tournament which was previously played between corporate
franchises will now be a city-based franchise league and will give away a
whopping cash prize of Rs 2.1 million. The total cash prize is Rs 600,000
more than what Dhangadhi Premier League winners received earlier this
According to Aamir Akhtar,
EPL Founder, the tournament will be held in December after a round of
auction of the players. While each team will have 15 players, 10 of them
will be included through auction. It is mandatory for all the teams have
three foreign recruits and one player should be included through an open
talent hunt in the respected city. Also, one marquee player (optional)
could also be considered.
Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Birgunj and
Pokhara will be the four city franchises in the tournament, while the
owners and the team details will be revealed in due course. All the
matches of the tournament will be held at the TU grounds.
The organizers say they have made arrangements to involve
vendors, event managers and entertainment that have had experience
working in the Indian Premier League to ensure efficiency in management
and an Elevated cricketainment experience on the ground.
The players kept for the auction will be divided into three
categories and will have three players in ‘A’ categories, four in ‘B’
and three in ‘C’. The base amount and nature of the categories are yet
to be determined.
National team skipper Paras Khadka appreciated the magnitude
of the tournament. “EPL now has become a tournament that has set a
new benchmark. We are very much excited for the tournament. DPL and EPL are top T20 Leagues. CPAN will work closely for players
identification and monetary terms,” said Paras.
National team head coach Jagat Tamatta informed that National
Sports Council will act as coordinating body in absence of the Cricket
Association of Nepal. To ensure any sort of irregularities, Amir said the
tournament will be closely monitored.
“We have had talks with Nepal Police and its
anti-corruption unit will coordinate with us. We have also written a
letter to the International Cricket Council and hopefully we can have
observers from them,” said Amir.