Wednesday, February 21

CAN reaches understanding with disgruntled players

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Cricket Association of Nepal has reached an understanding with four cricketers who faced disciplinary action.

CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand, Acting Secretary Prashant Bikram Malla,  Treasurer Roshan Singh, Chief Coach Pubudu Dassanayake and former captain Gyanendra Malla held a meeting to resolve the dispute. According to a source at CAN, all the disgruntled players have agreed to attend the closed-camp training by 9 am on Monday, January 3. The captain will remain unchanged for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Oman in February. The disgruntled group led by Malla had been demanding a change in captaincy to lead the Nepali team. CAN had appointed Sandeep Lamichhane as the new skipper after axing Malla. The cricket governing body has decided not to budge from its decision. However, CAN has removed the ban imposed on the four players from grading in the first six months of 2022.

CAN had taken disciplinary action against four players including the then captain Gyanendra Malla, vice captain Dipendra Singh Aire, fast bowler Sompal Kami and Kamal Singh Aire on November 15 for publicly speaking against CAN regarding grading of players.

CAN had appointed Sandeep Lamichhane as the new captain upon the recommendation of a probe committee. Stating that the action taken against them should be revoked, the group led by Gyanendra Malla has not attended the closed-camp training called by CAN on Saturday.

The closed-camp training was affected after all the players called for the closed camp did not show up.  However, Sunday’s meeting has resolved the problem for the time being.

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