CAN to investigate Janakpur’s allegations against umpires

KATHMANDU: Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has decided to look into the protest filed by the Region No 7 (Janakpur) against the match between Nepal APF Club and Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) and take action if any wrong-doing is found.

Janakpur had filed the protest against the semifinal match in the Pepsi Standard Chartered National One-day Tournament claiming that the umpires violated playing condition intentionally by conducting the vital match between APF and Bhairahawa despite a damp outfield caused by rain.

Had the match ended in no result, Janakpur could have gained entry into the final. Janakpur has been claiming that the umpires decided to go ahead with the match despite the rain and damp outfield to aid APF´s entry into the final.

Janakpur has been raising question over APF personnel being allowed to clear the ground of water during the particular match.

Meanwhile, the technical committee of the tournament headed by umpire Binay Jha issued a press release condemning the allegations against umpires.

“The match was conducted as per the ICC playing condition guideline. Umpires had the sole authority to decide the issues of ground condition, light and weather condition and the claim of Janakpur about pressure on umpires was a baseless claim,” reads the statement.

Jha also rebutted APF captain Paras Khadka´s claim that other factors become less important if captains are ready to play. “It is not true and no ICC guideline says such things,” Jha clarified.