Cricket’s constitutional reform and reinstatement process

  • Advisory Group seeks help
  • Joint coordinator Chaudhary says personal interests may prevent draft implementation
- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 3, 2017-

The Advisory Group of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday sought Nepal government’s help in implementing the draft it has prepared for the constitutional reform and reinstatement process of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) or else face dire consequences.

After the suspension of CAN on April 25 last year citing disputed election and government interference, the ICC had formed an Advisory Group in September to transform CAN into a board. However, after the inclusion of Chatur Bahadur Chand-led committee, which claims itself as an elected body, the Group began the reformation process with the amendment of current statute of the cricket governing body. 

Chand and general secretary of his committee Ashok Nath Pyakurel had joined the Group making it a seven-member one. Businessman Basant Chaudhary and former CAN President Binay Raj Pandey are the joint coordinators of the Group with former national team skipper Pawan Agrawal holding the secretary post. 

During an interaction programme organised by the Cricket Players Association of Nepal (CPAN), Chaudhary said the Group has almost finalised the draft but personal interest of some stakeholders might prevent from it to implement.

“Just by handing over the draft to the ICC doesn’t mean that it has been implemented. The constitutional reform through the draft could only be done by the country’s  laws. If personal interest dominates in this process, we are afraid that the reform process could not be completed,” said Chaudhary. 

“We want the government to help us in this regard. We only have one month left and if this constitutional reformation is not done, we might have to face difficult circumstances. Those individuals who claim themselves as the major stakeholders of Nepali cricket have to be held accountable if Nepali cricket faces expulsion,” added Chaudhary. 

According to Chaudhary, the Chand-led committee is demanding the amendment of CAN statute be passed through the general assembly of its committee. “We wonder how a general assembly will vote in passing an amendment that has gone against their demands that have completely sprung out of personal and political interest?” asked Chaudhary. Both Chand and Pyakurel had skipped Tuesday’s interaction.

Youth and Sports Minister Daljit Sripali assured that the government will give its all to complete reformation. “We know that cricket is currently going through a tough phase. And its equally tough to complete this process. But the government will remain committed and make sure that cricket doesn’t suffer,” said Sripali.

National cricket team skipper Paras Khadka, also the CPAN general secretary, said the interaction programme has at least made everyone aware of the current problems and has come up with a solution. “We are hopeful that the problem has been defined and everyone needs to come together for solution,” Khadka said. 

NSC Member Secretary Keshab Bista, joint coordinator Pandey, secretary Agrawal, national cricket team head coach Jagat Tamatta and international umpire Vinay Kumar Jha were other speakers during the interaction programme.

Published: 03-05-2017 08:10

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