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Scrutinised over player’s grading, CAN asks its committee to come up with new report

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Thursday requested its Players’ Grading Committee to review its recent list of cricketers who were given central contracts.

The cricket governing body has been in hot water after the classification of the players in the women’s and men’s categories was found to be unjust and impractical. The September 22 board meeting of CAN in Chitwan had endorsed the list provided by the Players’ Grading Committee headed by treasurer Roshan Kumar Singh.

18 male and 19 female cricketers were given central contracts following their classification in three different grades. The women cricketers were bound in central contracts for the first time in its 13-year of international cricket.

The grading committee was heavily criticized along with the cricket governing body, blamed for nepotism and favouritism. The list, prepared for 2020, also included players who never featured for the national teams and those who have been underperformers.

The complaint from the players that said some important names were missed and the classification itself was unjustifiable has pulled attention of the association, CAN said on Thursday in a press release.

The committee has been requested to discuss with captains, vice-captains and coaches and furnish a classification report with suggestion in its next board meeting, the statement read further.

Cricket Players Association of Nepal (CPAN) had also submitted a memo to National Sports Council, the country’s supreme body of sport, and CAN to review the grading of the players. CPAN is an independent organization which has been carrying out several activities relating to the game.

It is led by former captains Manish Raj Pandey as president and Paras Khadka as general secretary. National men’s team skipper Gyanendra Malla and women’s team captain Rubina Chhetri had also expressed dissatisfaction over grading of the players.

In absence of a selection committee, CAN itself took the responsibility of grading the players but it didn’t take any suggestion from captains or coaches. CAN has not been able to form a national team selection committee almost one year after it was reinstated.

Banned in the pretext of government interference and unfair election in April 25, 2016 by the International Cricket Council, CAN has only seen a partial lift of its suspension. ICC has been sending a controlled funding to the CAN which is managing the players’ salaries through the funds allocated by the governing body of international cricket.

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