National, Nepal T20 League

Alex Blake: We came away over the Christmas period and we are yet to receive anything

A lot of question marks are arising over Nepal T20 League. The players and officials are yet to be paid, and few team owners are out of reach. Moreover, the tournament’s organizer, seven3 sports’ head, Jatin Ahluwalia, is constantly contactless.

There was a two-hour delay on Tuesday’s first match after the protest from players. Meanwhile, Sachin Timalsina – Tournament’s commentator, pulled out of the tournament finding the tournament suspicious about spot-fixing and many other reasons.

Alex Blake, Kathmandu Knights’ player, expressed misery with the media in the post-match presentation after the match against Biratnagar Super Kings. On asked about the relationship with the team management and regarding the payment issue complained about by the players’, Blake said, “We are yet to receive anything. I don’t know what’s happening there, obviously it’s not a great situation, We have come away over the Christmas period leaving our family to play the tournament, and we have not received anything. It’s a bit worrying, but we just have to get on with it and play cricket.”

The 33 years old also opened up that he has not met the team owner personally and doesn’t know who they are. He believes neither of his teammates has physical communication with them.


Responding to the question about spot-fixing in the tournament, Blake said, “Possibly! I couldn’t confirm that. I don’t know, heard the rumours, but as I said, I’ll keep my head down. I am here to play cricket; that’s nothing to do with our team and me. We’ve given our best in every game so far, and we will continue to do so.”

“I have planned to play the next game. The board had shown us that they would be chatting with us tonight and come to some sort of agreement or find out exactly what’s going on, so hopefully, we will find out more soon.”, Blake added.

The southpaw who represents Kent in English domestic cricket is currently the second-most run scorer in Nepal T20 League. Scoring 257 runs from seven matches he is only behind Jankpur Royals’ Chadwick Walton who has notched up 278 runs from eight matches.