The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to suspend the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) due to the government interference which is in violation of the ICC’s Articles of Association.
The CAN will now not be entitled to receive any funding from the ICC, which took the decision during the board meeting on Tuesday in Dubai.
Nevertheless, the ICC has clarified that they will allow Nepal to feature in ICC tournaments as they feel that the players should not suffer due to the suspension of the CAN.
“In light of the ongoing court case involving the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the Ad hoc Committee established by the Nepalese National Sports Council (NSC), which has led to a vacuum of cricket leadership in Nepal, the Board suspended the Membership of CAN for breach of Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections,” said the ICC release.
“The suspension means that CAN will not be entitled to receive any ICC funding.
“However, the Board, in its absolute discretion and considering that the players should not suffer due to this suspension, decided that the Nepal cricket teams would be able to continue to feature in ICC events.”
The press release also detailed that the ICC will work with the cricket community in Nepal and the rest of the stakeholders to ensure the establishment of a proper administrative structure.
However, the ICC further stressed that the membership of CAN will continue to remain suspended as long as there is government interference.
“ICC management will also now work with the Nepalese cricket community, and other stakeholders, in order to assist with the development of a sustainable governance and administration structure for cricket in Nepal.
“The Board maintained that it doesn’t accept government interference in the affairs of its Members as it wants all its Members to work independently with the best intentions of promoting and developing the game in their respective territories in accordance with the ICC’s objectives and strategy.
“It added that until such time as the CAN becomes free of government interference and is properly structured to begin exploiting the tremendous cricket talent and opportunities that exist in Nepal, the membership of CAN will remain suspended.”
Earlier this month, Nepal defeated Namibia 2-0 at home in the two-match encounter of the ICC World Cricket League Championship and have risen to the fifth spot in the points table.
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