International Cricket Council (ICC) hails the newly elected Committee of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and its Annual meeting conducted last week in Nation’s capital Kathmandu.
The AGM was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Jagat Bahadur Sunar Bishwakarma followed up by the central elections.
The central elections were overseen by the Independent Panel formed under the provisions of the CAN constitution and comprised three ICC nominated representatives, Ammar Shaikh, Senior Manager – Strategic Projects, Muhammad Ali, Head of Internal Audit and Niteesha Kothari, Finance and Operations Officer – Asia along with Lekh Bahadur Chhetri nominated by the National Sports Council and Thakur Pratap Thapa nominated by the CAN Central Working Committee.
The elections were conducted more than three years after Nepal’s national cricket body was suspended in 2016 for breach of the ICC’s regulations which prohibit government interference and require free and fair elections.
ICC Deputy Chairman Imran Khwaja, who has led ICC’s ongoing efforts focused on the reinstatement of CAN, said: “We are delighted with the momentous developments in Kathmandu, which is the culmination of the ICC-led governance reform process over the last three years and has resulted in a united cricket fraternity in Nepal.
“My congratulations go out to all Nepal cricket stakeholders including the fans, players, and administrators, as well as the Nepal Government and the National Sports Council on this historic milestone. I am particularly thankful to the Nepal Advisory Group which formulated the current CAN constitution, and the Independent Panel which has overseen the election process at district, provincial and central levels.
“Over the last three years, Nepal cricket has reached new heights, with their men’s team obtaining ODI status and registering its maiden ODI victory and the women’s and youth teams performing well in ICC Qualifiers. This progress vindicates the ICC Board’s decision to allow Nepalese national teams to continue playing even while they remain suspended as a Member.
“With a newly elected Central Working Committee in place, I am optimistic that Nepal will replicate this progress off-the-field too. A major prerequisite for the reinstatement of Nepal’s ICC membership has now been achieved and we will consider the next steps during the ICC Board meeting in Dubai next month.”