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ICC suspended Cricket Association of Nepal

The suspension would stay in place until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal.

Apr 27, 2016 13:08 IST
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International Cricket Council (ICC) in its board meeting on 26 April 2016 suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in view of government interference in the board.

The suspension would stay in place until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal.

It will only cut off ICC funding for the CAN but Nepal national teams can continue to feature in ICC events.

ICC management will also work with the Nepalese cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal.

Background

• Nepal's National Sports Council (NSC) formed an ad-hoc committee to run the CAN in December 2015. This happened soon after Chatur Bahadur Chand was elected the CAN's president in controversial annual general meeting without the NSC's permission and also without the attendance its then president Tanka Angbuhan.

• The Chand-led CAN faction then filed a court case, which is still pending, challenging the NSC's decision.

• In light of the ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the Ad hoc Committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council (NSC).

• It led to a vacuum of cricket leadership in Nepal, the Board suspended the Membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC's Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections.


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