The International Cricket Council has agreed to lift the ban on Nepal after an agreement was reached with the Government of Nepal to form a new cricket board in Nepal that would replace Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) as the governing body in Nepal.
ICC CEO David Richardson, in a press conference held in Kathmandu today, announced that an advisory committee would be formed under the supervision of ICC which will review the current CAN charter and recommend changes wherever needed. Amar Sheikh will head the committee for the time being and its members will be announced in a fortnight. The ICC Global Director to be appointed soon, replacing Tim Alderson, will head the committee thereafter,
The advisory committee would comprise of representatives from government, National Sports Council and all stakeholders of Nepali cricket, The major task f the committee is outlined as reviewing and reforming the CAN charter which will pave way for a democratic election.
The government lobbied for a formation of a Nepal Cricket Board and according to Sports Minister Daljeet Sherpaili, ICC representatives were positive about it. The arrangements were possible after ICC team met with representatives from all stakeholders of Nepali cricket. The delegate also had a detailed conversation with the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
” Nepal is an important member with huge potential. It is important for us to work out a roadmap for its reinstatement”, Richardson said in the press conference. He further added. ” “Hopefully come 3 or 4 years’ time, they’ll be qualifying for our major events.”