KATHMANDU: The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has announced the one-day and twenty20 national tournaments with a total of 10 teams including two departmental sides.
Nepal Police Club and Nepal APF Club will take part in the Pepsi Standard Chartered One-Day National Tournament slated for May 3-13 and the Pepsi Standard Chartered Twenty20 National Tournament to be held from May 14-20, said the organisers at a press meet today.
The CAN has provided the departmental teams with the status of regional teams. And the departmental teams will not have to go through players selection process unlike the regional teams which are selected after the leagues in the regional level. The CAN has also added two regions — Region-VI (Janakpurdham) and Region-VIII (Pokhara) from this year.
The Nepal APF Club is the first departmental team to form its full squad including star players from all over the nation, while Nepal Police is the first side from the security force to recruit cricketers.
The NPC did not form a team for a long time despite taking in five cricketers in the first phase some five years earlier.
National team skipper Paras Khadka heads the list of star players in the APF Club, while former skipper Binod Das is the captain of the NPC. Both the sides also have former internationals as their coaches — Raju Basnet (APF) and Manoj Katuwal (NPC).
The tournaments will be organised by Regional Cricket Development Committee (Region-III, Kathmandu) under the annual programme of CAN.
The participating teams have been divided into two pools of five each and the group winners will meet in the final after playing the round-robin league within the group.
CAN President Binay Raj Pandey informed the prize money for the champions would be decided after Sunday’s executive committee meeting.
“We will certainly raise the prize money from last year’s Rs 75,000,” he said. Pandey also thanked the departmental sides for forming the teams. “The regional teams may have difficulties for a couple of years after the formation of the departmental sides with star players joining them, but cricket will be the ultimate winner in the long run,” he said.
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