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CAN signals green light to Everest Premier League as Aamir Akhtar withdraws case

Amir Akhtar, the owner of Everest Premier League (EPL), has decided to withdraw the case that was filed against the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in the Supreme Court. The legal action was initiated by Akhtar, alleging that CAN had engaged in an illegal agreement with the Indian company Seven Three Sports to host the inaugural edition of the Nepal T20 League.

As per Onlinekhabar, Akhtar and the EPL team have chosen to withdraw the case after CAN terminated a contract with Seven Three Sports and issued a letter permitting EPL to host the tournament in its original format as before. “CAN have now clarified the situation, bringing an end to the conflict in Nepalese cricket”, Akhtar added.

During a general meeting, CAN made the decision to terminate its contract with Seven Three Sports, with whom they had collaborated to organize the inaugural edition of the Nepal T20 League in December. The cancellation came in the wake of various incidents, such as betting and spot-fixing, that occurred during the league.

Akhtar also hinted at starting the preparation of EPL considering the schedule of Nepal’s matches. According to Onlinekhabar, CAN president Chatur Bahadur Chand stated that prior discussions had taken place regarding the matter, and a mutual agreement was reached. Chand further mentioned that they had agreed to issue a letter to Akhtar after he confirmed his intention to withdraw the case.

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To date, the EPL has completed four seasons, and each season has witnessed a different winner. The first season was played in 2017, with Panchakanya Tez clinching the title. After that particular season, there were changes in the franchise structure, leading to six teams participating in the tournament. Chitwan Tigers are the reigning champions, having won the title in 2021.