Nepal news April 11, 2014

Khadka slams Nepal board as players boycott

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Nepal's national players have boycotted the national one-day cricket championship that began on April 9. Captain Paras Khadka made the announcement at a press conference, surrounded by his team-mates, at a hotel in Kathmandu. According to Khadka, one of the chief reasons for the boycott was that the team felt the Cricket Association of Nepal has been overlooking their needs.

At the press conference on Thursday, Khadka had raised three issues: the non-payment of promised perks, the change in venue and scheduling of the one-day tournament, and the need for remuneration for Prithu Baskota, who suffered a knee injury during the 2015 World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand in January. Talking to ESPNcricinfo, Khadka stressed that above these issues, the questions of accountability and the need for a professional set-up were the reasons that prompted this move from players who were, he said, "fed up".

"In our system, everyone is a volunteer," Khadka told ESPNcricinfo. "But the players have suffered a lot. We want Nepal cricket to go further but that can only happen if the system changes. We need a new system for a better future and better status. We want a professional set-up. The players are fed up right now but we are also ready to answer anyone for our actions. We want CAN to do the same."

According to Khadka, financial accountability of the board was one of the main concerns of the players. The players, he said, hadn't been paid for more than six months, and he expressed concern about CAN paying hefty fines to the ICC for not submitting the required financial documents on time.

"According to the ICC rules, teams that qualify for the World T20 could get a grant of $250,000. Around two-three months prior to the tournament, we were promised by the board that if we qualified, the group of players would get a total of $50,000," he said. "After the World T20 campaign, we were again expecting another grant for the players. The coach [Pubudu Dassanayake] and I had plans to use that money and introduce a form of contract system so that the pool of players who benefited would be more than just the 15 in the team. Unfortunately, around 12-13 days back when we had a meeting with the board, they said they didn't know about any [of that].

"The board has been handling cricket badly. In 2013, the ICC fined CAN $84,000 because the board could not present its financial statements. In a country that is always struggling for funding, isn't it sad that we are fined because we don't get our financial [documents] in order?"

Khadka also said that he had an issue with the relevance and scheduling of the one-day tournament, which was a selection trial ahead of the squad announcement for the Asian Cricket Council's Premier League tournament. "The board is supposed to announce 18 players on April 10 and this tournament starts on April 9. It's not scheduled on the calendar. As current players, we have had no time to prepare for the tournament - we normally have at least a month. We then requested CAN to have the tournament in Kathmandu as there are better facilities but the board remained adamant [about having games in Pokhara]."

One of the big problems with the system, Khadka said, was that most communication from the board "is always verbal". The Baskota instance, he said, was an example of this, and showed that the board was not treating players well. "If one of our players gets injured, they don't help them with money," he said. "They say the money has been passed, but the player then has to struggle and run around to get his funds." When asked if he knew that the board secretary, Ashok Nath Pyakuryal, had told ESPNcricinfo it had decided to help fund Baskota's treatment, Khadka said the process was still difficult for the player. "These things are handled badly," he said. "Often, the coach or I have to call the board and ask them to manage certain things."

The players' boycott puts Nepal's participation in the ACC Premier League tournament under a cloud with a lot riding on how CAN decides to proceed after its board meeting, which is likely to be some time over the weekend. Khadka said it was unfortunate that the issue had come to this, but also said that given the team's spirited showing at the World T20, where they beat Afghanistan, he was hoping their concerns find more attention.

"We have been working hard but we have also been tolerating this for years and years. In the last 7-8 months after we qualified for the World T20, cricket has become a household topic. If we hadn't performed as well as we did, we probably wouldn't have even had a meeting with CAN. We presented them with concrete plans to correct the system and make it more efficient but after two weeks, we still haven't heard from them. We realise there is a tournament around the corner, that is unfortunate, but we are ready to answer to any authority. We want CAN to do the same, to answer to the Sports Ministry, the Sports Council and the Government of Nepal."

Rachna Shetty is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 21, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Real shame on CAN..

  • yohandf on April 17, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I think it is too early for nepal players to be professional . but they have to discuss with board to go towards it .but boycotts protests will tarnish their fame among public . do your best for sometime then financial benefits will come . just not Sri Lankan cricketers were not professionals when they won world cup back in 1996 ( after 15 years of test cricket ) . think wise .

  • bootlicker on April 14, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    It is tragic that you are a blessed nation with most respected religion in the world 'Buddhism', but only 12% practiced it today in Nepal. The answers are there for all your problems but unfortunately the management and the players are following a wrong path for all issues. It is really sad for an upcoming team.

  • Rally_Windies on April 12, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    You have not paid players for 6 months... They represented the country in the world cup out of their personal funds!

    ICC gave you 300,000 and you promised the players 50,000 ... but gave them nothing....

    The fact that the administrators are "surprised" ,,,

    well that surprised me.

  • JavedKhanAfridi on April 12, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    ICC should provide some financial support to Nepal cricket players. After all they have shown great promise in World T20 level. I think players are right in demanding their fair share of remunerations and treatment for an injured player. Also , in my opinion , a tournament can be arranged for associate members in which Nepal, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Malaysia etc can play and raise money. Anyways, we in Pakistan support Nepal cricket and wish them best of luck

  • on April 12, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    ICC should be stepping in to help, not just taking away money. Make the money conditional on accepting external auditing accountability. How does penalizing cash poor associates help?

  • Sadip on April 12, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    CAN needs to improve and be more serious on players and improvement of game.. CAN paying hefty fines to the ICC for not submitting the required financial documents on time... really disgusting and not tolerable...!! Nepal is improving in big stage of Cricket and now, its time to move ahead for the betterment of cricket in Nepal....!! CAN have to think on this and ICC also have to pressurize CAN for the improvement of Cricket in the country..!!

  • on April 12, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    yes we are with you.......for a change what matters to all #wesupport

  • Ellis on April 11, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Ha!Ha! SLC is not the only screwed up Board when it comes to player management! I thought SLC was in a class of it's own when it came to issues such as this! However, the cricketers from Nepal put up an encouraging show at the T20 tournament. They need help and support. The ICC should step in and guide the administrators from Nepal. Players need to be treated with consideration and fairness. Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs has never been good policy.

  • on April 11, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Why cant BCCI invest in Nepal and prepare infrastructure? As i believe, with the type of climate Nepal has it will be possible to prepare seaming wickets and give the domestic players valuable experience. Also this will help Nepal cricket in return.

  • on April 21, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Real shame on CAN..

  • yohandf on April 17, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I think it is too early for nepal players to be professional . but they have to discuss with board to go towards it .but boycotts protests will tarnish their fame among public . do your best for sometime then financial benefits will come . just not Sri Lankan cricketers were not professionals when they won world cup back in 1996 ( after 15 years of test cricket ) . think wise .

  • bootlicker on April 14, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    It is tragic that you are a blessed nation with most respected religion in the world 'Buddhism', but only 12% practiced it today in Nepal. The answers are there for all your problems but unfortunately the management and the players are following a wrong path for all issues. It is really sad for an upcoming team.

  • Rally_Windies on April 12, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    You have not paid players for 6 months... They represented the country in the world cup out of their personal funds!

    ICC gave you 300,000 and you promised the players 50,000 ... but gave them nothing....

    The fact that the administrators are "surprised" ,,,

    well that surprised me.

  • JavedKhanAfridi on April 12, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    ICC should provide some financial support to Nepal cricket players. After all they have shown great promise in World T20 level. I think players are right in demanding their fair share of remunerations and treatment for an injured player. Also , in my opinion , a tournament can be arranged for associate members in which Nepal, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Malaysia etc can play and raise money. Anyways, we in Pakistan support Nepal cricket and wish them best of luck

  • on April 12, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    ICC should be stepping in to help, not just taking away money. Make the money conditional on accepting external auditing accountability. How does penalizing cash poor associates help?

  • Sadip on April 12, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    CAN needs to improve and be more serious on players and improvement of game.. CAN paying hefty fines to the ICC for not submitting the required financial documents on time... really disgusting and not tolerable...!! Nepal is improving in big stage of Cricket and now, its time to move ahead for the betterment of cricket in Nepal....!! CAN have to think on this and ICC also have to pressurize CAN for the improvement of Cricket in the country..!!

  • on April 12, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    yes we are with you.......for a change what matters to all #wesupport

  • Ellis on April 11, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Ha!Ha! SLC is not the only screwed up Board when it comes to player management! I thought SLC was in a class of it's own when it came to issues such as this! However, the cricketers from Nepal put up an encouraging show at the T20 tournament. They need help and support. The ICC should step in and guide the administrators from Nepal. Players need to be treated with consideration and fairness. Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs has never been good policy.

  • on April 11, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Why cant BCCI invest in Nepal and prepare infrastructure? As i believe, with the type of climate Nepal has it will be possible to prepare seaming wickets and give the domestic players valuable experience. Also this will help Nepal cricket in return.

  • on April 11, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    We need a change...huge change so that we can be a top associate. Current body of CAN is handling cricket in bad way. If we let them to do so......there will be just history saying that Nepal played in World T20. We should participate in every major tournament not just the one and make a history.

    Very good movement....when you are left with no option. Hope now CAN realises something.....

  • Uhmrace on April 11, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    It is a tough decision made by the players ... bt a right one. CAN may find this boycott as surprising but this had to happen. CAN is simply run by some stupid guys with no cricketing knowledge. We fans are all behind our players. Massive respect to our players ..... Jay Nepal !!! Jay Nepali Cricket !!!

  • on April 11, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Players we all Nepali are with you...CAN must be changed

  • on April 11, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Now its up to CAN how they want to sort out this problem.They will be dreaming they can punish the players.We all the Nepalese cricket fans are with the team.Our cricket team has been facing this issue since long time finally captain Paras and the boys have shown that courage to fight against CAN's monopoly.Hats off to you guys.Now the CAN will see the anger of the real fans.

  • Mridul_Nepal on April 11, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Good governance and financial transparency is a minimum requirement for a body responsible for handling the main sport in the country, in this case, CAN. CAN should realise the heights that cricket has achieved in Nepal and that it has become a subject of public interest. The entire nation is with the palyers.

    The way that cricket is handled now is unacceptable to say the least. Its now or never for CAN. We have grown with cricket over the last ten years and we will not let CAN do what it is doing now.

  • stormy16 on April 11, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Dont know much about Nepal cricket but enjoyed watching them and their fans at the recent t20 WC. Amazing to think of the difference in money and conditions from say Nepal to India. One think I do recognise are the administrators who are bigger than the players and game. This really is no acceptable, its not fair on the players (and these guys dont even get paid properly) the fans and the game. The game is about the fans and players, the administrators are merely there to facilitate the process but the story is the same - the administrators become bigger than the game itself.

  • on April 11, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I think, even the ICC should take some sort of initiative towards the cricket association of nepal . It should be a great concern for ICC as well , whether the financial support from ICC goes to the cricket or somewhere else. If the players are even not getting their normal salary then it is noticed that where the fund goes and how the CAN performing???

  • on April 11, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Just to let the world audience know about the issue. Each and every cricket fans in the country are with the players. Our Players have been playing for the love of the game: cricket all this time. No real efforts have been made by CAN till now. 10 years i have been following our team and the credit goes to the players and the coach. If we are to move a step towards positive change in Nepali cricket. We want nepali cricket to improve. This is necessary.

  • on April 11, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    As a Nepali cricket fan, I was reading an article on Associates being given a chance to play full member by 2018, and was checking on Nepal section to see if there is a positive news on our road to gain full membership by 2022. It is very disappointing to read an article of boycott by national team. I strongly feel CAN should provide the Nepalese Cricket players a better infrastructure, medical care, salary and support. If this is guaranteed, player will focus on playing match rather than holding press conferences and boycotting schedule tournaments. Lets not loos the positives of such a successful world cup campaign.

  • Binodbikash on April 11, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    I am absolutely with the players in this one. Most of them have been playing for the nation for about 10 years with no guarantee of safe future nor a hope of it. The politically appointed President of CAN went through "election process" and won it and became a legal entity. Mind you he is a politician at heart who lost at the recent parliamentary election. CAN demands professionalism from players but is amateur in itself. With the recent success CAN needs to be more professional in handling. For say, the national tournament that the player boycotted was only announced less than a week ago.Players has not been paid for last 8 months nor their match fee from last three international tournament has reached the players bank account.

  • Prasanna_310 on April 11, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    According to Paras the captain, they haven't received payments for last 8 months.He claims the board, CAN, used the money received from ICC supposedly meant for players to pay out fine. Also, Paras has been quite vocal the moment the team landed Nepal from WC about the ineptness of CAN. In all his interviews he has mentioned the unprofessional attitude of the board members. The boycott is anything but surprising. He also attacks the procedure, as the selection for Nepal team to play a tournament a month from now is already decided and that too when there is a local tournament going on. Paras was unhappy with the decision too.

    Prithu missed t20 WC because of injury which means the injury dates back to more than a month and is it absurd claim by the CAN that players are uninformed in this regard.

  • on April 11, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Come on guys this is not we were looking for after we are getting recognized on the world stage. We should get out of it quickly. We were aspecting CAN will come up with some four days games so that we get boost for one day matches. We fan are very positive towards team, we support for medical treatment, fair salaries but objection against playing at new venue should excite us. Isn't it ?? Hope corruption and politics won't erase the pride Red and Blue we printed in Chittagong. Our captain impressed us the way he responded to conferences. There must be something behind the screen. Let's get out of it and focus to cricket. We have lot more to achieve.

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  • on April 11, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Come on guys this is not we were looking for after we are getting recognized on the world stage. We should get out of it quickly. We were aspecting CAN will come up with some four days games so that we get boost for one day matches. We fan are very positive towards team, we support for medical treatment, fair salaries but objection against playing at new venue should excite us. Isn't it ?? Hope corruption and politics won't erase the pride Red and Blue we printed in Chittagong. Our captain impressed us the way he responded to conferences. There must be something behind the screen. Let's get out of it and focus to cricket. We have lot more to achieve.

  • Prasanna_310 on April 11, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    According to Paras the captain, they haven't received payments for last 8 months.He claims the board, CAN, used the money received from ICC supposedly meant for players to pay out fine. Also, Paras has been quite vocal the moment the team landed Nepal from WC about the ineptness of CAN. In all his interviews he has mentioned the unprofessional attitude of the board members. The boycott is anything but surprising. He also attacks the procedure, as the selection for Nepal team to play a tournament a month from now is already decided and that too when there is a local tournament going on. Paras was unhappy with the decision too.

    Prithu missed t20 WC because of injury which means the injury dates back to more than a month and is it absurd claim by the CAN that players are uninformed in this regard.

  • Binodbikash on April 11, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    I am absolutely with the players in this one. Most of them have been playing for the nation for about 10 years with no guarantee of safe future nor a hope of it. The politically appointed President of CAN went through "election process" and won it and became a legal entity. Mind you he is a politician at heart who lost at the recent parliamentary election. CAN demands professionalism from players but is amateur in itself. With the recent success CAN needs to be more professional in handling. For say, the national tournament that the player boycotted was only announced less than a week ago.Players has not been paid for last 8 months nor their match fee from last three international tournament has reached the players bank account.

  • on April 11, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    As a Nepali cricket fan, I was reading an article on Associates being given a chance to play full member by 2018, and was checking on Nepal section to see if there is a positive news on our road to gain full membership by 2022. It is very disappointing to read an article of boycott by national team. I strongly feel CAN should provide the Nepalese Cricket players a better infrastructure, medical care, salary and support. If this is guaranteed, player will focus on playing match rather than holding press conferences and boycotting schedule tournaments. Lets not loos the positives of such a successful world cup campaign.

  • on April 11, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Just to let the world audience know about the issue. Each and every cricket fans in the country are with the players. Our Players have been playing for the love of the game: cricket all this time. No real efforts have been made by CAN till now. 10 years i have been following our team and the credit goes to the players and the coach. If we are to move a step towards positive change in Nepali cricket. We want nepali cricket to improve. This is necessary.

  • on April 11, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I think, even the ICC should take some sort of initiative towards the cricket association of nepal . It should be a great concern for ICC as well , whether the financial support from ICC goes to the cricket or somewhere else. If the players are even not getting their normal salary then it is noticed that where the fund goes and how the CAN performing???

  • stormy16 on April 11, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Dont know much about Nepal cricket but enjoyed watching them and their fans at the recent t20 WC. Amazing to think of the difference in money and conditions from say Nepal to India. One think I do recognise are the administrators who are bigger than the players and game. This really is no acceptable, its not fair on the players (and these guys dont even get paid properly) the fans and the game. The game is about the fans and players, the administrators are merely there to facilitate the process but the story is the same - the administrators become bigger than the game itself.

  • Mridul_Nepal on April 11, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Good governance and financial transparency is a minimum requirement for a body responsible for handling the main sport in the country, in this case, CAN. CAN should realise the heights that cricket has achieved in Nepal and that it has become a subject of public interest. The entire nation is with the palyers.

    The way that cricket is handled now is unacceptable to say the least. Its now or never for CAN. We have grown with cricket over the last ten years and we will not let CAN do what it is doing now.

  • on April 11, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Now its up to CAN how they want to sort out this problem.They will be dreaming they can punish the players.We all the Nepalese cricket fans are with the team.Our cricket team has been facing this issue since long time finally captain Paras and the boys have shown that courage to fight against CAN's monopoly.Hats off to you guys.Now the CAN will see the anger of the real fans.

  • on April 11, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Players we all Nepali are with you...CAN must be changed