Kathmandu Gurkhas not to participate in Nepal T20 League

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Kathmandu Gurkhas, one among six franchises to play a part in the inaugural Nepal T20 League, has decided to omit their name from the tournament. The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has officially announced that Kathmandu has withdrawn their name.

The capital-based franchise is owned by Kantipur Media Group, and Gyanendra Malla was chosen as the marquee player. Regarding the news, The franchise’s CEO, Bhawana Ghimire, said she could not speak about the owners.

The tournament is scheduled to kick off on 16th December however the preparation so far has been Zero. The tournament was expected to commence on September 24 but was pushed further considering security arrangements.

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Kathamndu signed Thisara Perera (A), Darshanpriya Weerakkody (B), Kamindu Mendis (C), Virandeep Singh (C), and Dhananjaya De Silva (B) as foreign players. Malla’s side signed Lokesh Bam, Basir Ahmad, Kamal Singh Airee, and Abinash Bohara from the B category and Anil Kharel, Saurabh Khanal, Sandeep Rajali, Santosh Karki, Sunam Gautam, Gautam KC from C category.

Kathmandu Gurkhas, Pokhara Avengers, Biratnagar Super Kings, Lumbini All Stars, Janakpur Royals and Far Western United were set to feature in Nepal’s mega-franchise league, where Kathmandu and Pokhara were the only two teams owned by Nepali owners.

Another franchise is expected to replace Kathamndu, which might push the tournament week or so. Veteran Australian Pacer Brett Lee was announced as the mentor of the Nepal T20 League.

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