Nepal news April 22, 2014

Nepal need the Sri Lanka model

ESPNcricinfo staff
An editorial in the Kathmandu Post suggests that Nepal cricket should learn from the manner in which Sri Lanka cricket expanded the game in the country after receiving Test status

In an editorial written after the national players' boycott was resolved, the Kathmandu Post laments the mismanagement of Nepal cricket and suggests that the country should learn from Sri Lanka's model of cricket development that helped them grow after they received Test status.

While it is good that the strike is over, institutional shortcomings must immediately be addressed if Nepal is to have a future in cricket. First, CAN needs an overhaul. The governing body must be run by people who know the game and are passionate about it. A capable CAN would also be able to take advantage of Nepal's close proximity to four Test-playing powerhouses--India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Regular 'friendlies' with these teams would go far in providing Nepali cricketers with exposure to world-class cricket. Furthermore, there is much Nepal could learn from Sri Lanka, which only got Test-status in 1981 but managed to transform into a major player in a decade. Sri Lankan cricket flourished in the 90s due to heavy government investment and the establishment of a number of robust domestic leagues.