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Opinion: Nepal, a new light?

Nepal Cricket recently elected a new executive committee who have very publicly announced an exodus of changes in the game in the country. The somewhat ambitious plans include:

“New negotiation for the stalled work of the ACC central cricket academy, infrastructure development including construction of indoor training facilities just outside of Kathmandu”

“detailed plan will be laid out shortly, Pandey announced a Twenty20 club level tournament with prize-money, national league of two-day format, player registration at district level and a zonal under-13 inter-district school-level tournament”

“to make CAN’s financial dealings transparent to gain confidence of the sponsors and others. He also expressed confidence in bringing in sponsors and helping cricketers get jobs”

The new administration seems to have pinpointed the major problems facing cricket in Nepal, but hell, the whole world can do this. I see a few fundamental problems with the strategies proposed.

1. ACC seem to have lost interest in the Central Academy in Nepal because of the fragile political situation within the country, and the inefficiency and corruption within CAN. They are unlikely to look towards Nepal anymore, and are discussing proposals with both UAE and Malaysia to build two academies. There’s not much CAN can do about this.

2. A national two day league running throughout the year is logisitically impossible as travelling between the provinces takes days, and is potentially very dangerous.Furthermore, most provinces outside of Kathmandu don’t even have turf wickets.

3. An inter-provincial or inter-district 20-20 championship might be alot more feasible as players from all over the country would be able to participate. This would generate more interest, and might even attract sponsors towards some of the less fortunate provinces. The club scene is restricted to Kathmandu, and doesn’t provide much means for public interest.

That said.. at least progress is being made…the big question is whether this admininstration will follow the corrupt and inefficient tradition of sporting administrations in the country or actually act on their word.

Categories: Nepal
  1. October 16, 2006 at 3:46 am


    I think the political situation in Nepal should be looked at in contect of the subcontinent……. this much of a political instability is the norm in subcontinent countries and it never creates any issues, at least for cricket……

    The other point about CAN’s corruption is valid…… but one is hoping that the new CAN is different and will manage the funds in a better way…..

  2. Nishadh Rego
    October 16, 2006 at 6:24 am

    Nepal is different from the test countries in the sense that it relies greatly on the ACC and ICC for its funding, and facilities. The point here is that the ACC and ICC have taken a tough stance towards the political situation in Nepal. An ACC Central Academy is a project thats probably worth millions for both these organizations, not something they are join to spend without careful consideration.

    The test countries can rely on their own corporate and government funding, and therefore do not have outside sources who are worried about investing because of the stability of their country.

    Yeah its just a matter of waiting and seeing whether they actually do something.

    Did you know Mehboob Alam, the Nepali all rounder was playing in Qatar on a professional contract? I could understand moving out of Nepal, but why would you move to a place where all cricket is played on concrete and you’d get a pittance for a salary. I’d imagine that there must’ve been a few teams in Bangladesh or India that he could’ve played for.

  3. October 16, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Qatar is probably going to play Alam for 4 years for 183 days……. and then get him qualified for their national team……. Honk Kong, Singapore, and now Qatar….. plus I am sure that at least 2-3 of the UAE guys have qualified like this, and not the logical method of living in the country for something else………..

    ICC can change their ruling on this as countries are misusing it…….. they can say that deemed natioanals / nationals are those who have lived in the country for 4/7 years, IF the PRIMARY job that they were doing in that country was NOT related to cricket at ANY POINT IN TIME…. if you want to have expats, at least have true expats 🙂

  4. ajaya
    October 20, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    i view the organization of a national 2-day league to be the most important plan that CAN has unveiled.
    what rego says about the nonexistance of turf wickets outside kathmandu is true, but this is primarily because there has never been the urgent need for one
    a national league will demand turf wickets, and so they will be made
    transportation between provinces is not an issue. nepal is not all mountains and no roads
    the biggest stumbling block will be finances, or the lack thereof. bt if CAN can truly become transarent, corporate sponsorship will probably be forthcoming. after all, we do have a prosperous cricket-crazy india for a neighbor

    of course, all this depends on the political stability in the country
    cvil war is hardly condusive to good cricket

  5. October 21, 2006 at 2:34 am

    Is there really a civil war going on in Nepal?? Or is it just the image of one amongst the outside world?

  6. Nishadh Rego
    October 21, 2006 at 2:45 am

    Yeah I don’t think its all out civil war..the situation over there to my knowledge seems almost normal although you probably have a much better idea, living in the country. I was told when I was there that it was extremely unsafe to travel outside of kathmandu by road, and that it is usually avoided..I don’t see regional players flying in planes all over the country. Plus it would take 2 or 3 days to get to destinations by road…that would certainly be a problem.

    The main objective is to open up and start receiving corporate finance..that is the foundation for the future of Nepali Cricket

  7. October 21, 2006 at 3:00 am

    Isnt it better for countries like Nepal, Netherlands etc to instead have 3-4 teams based on standard?? Like National team, A team, B team instead of regional teams? and then make THEM play with each other regularly on a multi day and one day basis……

  8. Nishadh Rego
    October 21, 2006 at 3:23 am

    I think the point is to develop the standard of the sport throughout different regions in the country. A regional competition financed by corporations, would not only develop infrastructure and improve interest throughout the country, but develop a much much larger player base for the Nepali National Team. Once there’s a larger player base, an A team and an Academy team can be formed and a tournament can be held in addition to the national league.

  9. Nishadh Rego
    October 21, 2006 at 3:26 am

    Just got selected to play 1st grade cricket..playing against the state U-19 team tmmr..which i must say, says alot for thailand cricket..most of these guys think I’ve played all my cricket in India, and when I tell them I’ve played only in Thailand, they are shocked.

  10. October 21, 2006 at 3:46 am

    Thats great news Rego…… I dont know of many associate cricketers who make it to Australian 1st grade cricket…..

    Maybe you can tell us a little bit more about how the grade cricket and domestic cricket works in Australia….. for perspective………

    What level are Sibanda, Payangara playing in Australia? and what about Otieno?? Are you in the same leagues as these guys?

  11. Nishadh Rego
    October 21, 2006 at 4:09 am

    Sibanda and Otieno are playing in queensland (i think) and I’m playing in Canberra..queensland, NSW, WA,Victoria etc. probably have stronger grade cricket systems than the ACT. I would imagine a grade 1 in Canberra would be a grade 2 in Sydney or smth. Thus i doubt I’m in the same league as those guys. They are also probably the “contracted star” players of their clubs while I’ve just been selected, and probably will only bat at 7 or 8 or 9 tmmr…then again its a good opportunity to be playing with state players and a couple of aussie U-19s as well..

    I know quite a few guys who’ve played 1st grade from Malaysia, Singapore, and HK. Suresh Navaratnam, Matthew William (who played for my club), Joshua Dearing (Singapore), Tim Smart, and Afzaal Haider have all played 1st grade in Sydney or Melbourne.

    In ACT, the grade system works this way:
    there are 8 major district/area clubs in the Canberra region each of whom have 1st 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th grade teams. 1st grade plays 14 two day games played over two saturdays, and also plays in the state one-day competition called the Konica Cup (in which some of the surrounding districts/regions from NSW and the ACT U-19 team also participate in)…6th and 7th grade play in the tournament called the City and Suburban Championship played on artifical wickets.

    Teams practice on tuesdays and thursdays and sometimes on fridays or other days of the week depending on time. The State team is chosen from the 1st grade teams.

    The reason why Australia is so strong is simply because of this club system. Even club cricketers take their cricket extremely seriously, practicing 3 to 4 times a week, and doing their own fitness training etc. They also play regular matches on turf for over 6 months..the reason why the state teams themselves are so competitive is because the there are about 10 – 25 districts in each state with their own development programs etc..all with squads of 25 players capable of playing state cricket..

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