ICC news April 26, 2016

ICC suspends Cricket Association of Nepal

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC board has said Nepal can continue to field national teams in ICC events © Getty Images

The ICC has suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in view of government interference in the board. The ICC took the decision during its board meeting on Tuesday.

In December, Nepal's National Sports Council (NSC) had formed an ad-hoc committee to run the CAN. This happened soon after Chatur Bahadur Chand was elected the CAN's president in controversial annual general meeting - which was not attended by its then president Tanka Angbuhang - without the NSC's permission. The Chand-led CAN faction then filed a court case, which is still pending, challenging the NSC's decision.

"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," the ICC said in a statement.

The ICC board added that the suspension would stay in place "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."

While the suspension will cut off ICC funding for the CAN, the ICC board decided that Nepal national teams could continue to feature in ICC events.

"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."

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  • Zain on April 28, 2016, 0:30 GMT

    M23KHAN Lol, what are you talking about man?

  • Ali on April 27, 2016, 12:35 GMT

    I think teams like Nepal/Afghanistan/Bangladesh should be allowed full domestic participation in India to build their talent because people from Nepal/Afghanistan/Bangladesh are essentially Indians due to their love of India.

  • Arun on April 27, 2016, 6:03 GMT

    Capt Meanster. So, what you're saying is - England, Australia, NZ and SA are the only countries that are good enough to run the boards? Can't help but notice that all these countries have just ONE common thing, which I think is the basis of your argument and stance. Maybe these countries should form a separate faction that'll suit your likes? But then, where will they go for money?

  • PIOPX on April 27, 2016, 3:39 GMT

    The ICC prohibits government intervention in cricket governance.WI cricket cannot be sustained without governments in their region.The governments owned all the facilities and the various boards must have the support of their government to exist.Is this not government intervention without which cricket boards cannot sustain themselves.

  • cowee on April 27, 2016, 1:35 GMT

    i totally agree with th ICc on this issue..But not with their decision on the West Indies

  • ramana on April 26, 2016, 16:36 GMT

    @sahil Sharma. I support u. really bad news for fellows. I think the mind set of icc is not to support cricket.

  • Jay on April 26, 2016, 16:06 GMT

    I think the ICC needs to add quite a few countries to that list - Pakistan, West Indies, India, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to name a few. This is why cricket will never see the growth and expansion that soccer enjoys around the world. Sad news for not just Nepal but for Associate cricket in general.

  • Brokensaint on April 26, 2016, 14:51 GMT

    why is south africa still allowed to play with much worse interference? ?????

  • Sahil Sharma on April 26, 2016, 8:09 GMT

    Bcci should help nepal in this crisis and include them in ranji trophy and give them exposure to become a regular part of icc top teams ...

  • atul380 on April 26, 2016, 5:50 GMT

    Sad news for all the cricket fans in cricket crazy nation...With political tormoil,such decision was due..However there is some respite for players as they can still participate onto ICC tournaments. But how the country with not much infrastructure and now no fundimg from ICC can raise its level of game is unknown. #NepalWillRiseAgain

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