KATHMANDU, April 6: Former national cricketers have appealed to the Supreme Court to issue stay order against the activities of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister´s Office, Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Sports Council (NSC), CAN and its president Binay Raj Pandey have been made defendants in the case filed by former players Aamir Akhtar, Dipendra Chaudhary, Manoj Kumar Baisya and cricket fans Sailendra Khadka and Surya Thapaliya.
The players have claimed that CAN has never conducted election of its executive committee and the association lacks financial transparency. They have also claimed that CAN has failed to decentralize tournaments and has been exploiting players.
Akhtar, a former national team bowler, said that they have appealed to the court to establish rule of law in the sports sector. “CAN will get a new leadership if the election is conducted,” said Akhtar. He said absence of elected leadership in CAN has hampered players´ development.
“CAN used to provide Rs 25 per day to the players during national tournaments. Players protested against it last year. We withdrew our protest after sponsors warned they would stop financing us. They increased the daily allowance to Rs 75 per day after the protest but nothing as such have been done yet. This forced us to move the Supreme Court,” said Dipendra Chaudhary.
Akhtar said that CAN neither signs contracts with players nor gives proper allowances despite signing sponsorship deals with corporate houses.
Akhtar said that they had earlier visited NSC demanding fresh election within CAN. “They turned a deaf ear to our demands and this made us move the Supreme Court,” said Akhtar.
CAN President Pandey said he was unaware about the players´ move. “Our association is affiliated to NSC and we run under their guidance. If NSC and CAN have been made defendants, we´ll plan our move in consultation with NSC,” said Pandey.
CAN is shortly organizing National Cricket Tournament and if the court issues stay order it will hamper the tournament. Answering on the issue, one of the plaintiffs Chaudhary said that this would exert pressure on CAN.