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ICC delegation meets with Nepal about reinstatement

Although their cricket board is under suspension, Nepal have been allowed to play in ICC tournaments Pradeep Singh

The Cricket Association of Nepal, which was suspended by the ICC over government interference, has a good chance at being reinstated following a meeting between prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal and ICC chief executive David Richardson.

After discussions which took place in Kathmandu on Sunday, it was decided that CAN would form an advisory group to review its constitution then conduct fresh elections as per that constitution.

"Nepal is an important member with huge potential. It is important for us to work out a roadmap for its reinstatement," Richardson said.

Although Nepal have been allowed to keep playing in ICC competitions - and had even made a fine debut at Lord's - their ICC funding had been cut and there has been a leadership vacuum with CAN and Nepal's National Sports Council in a court battle over who should run cricket in the country.

ICC's chairman of Associates Imran Khwaja, who was also at the meeting, said: "I'm confident everything will be worked out smoothly and the country's cricket will benefit immensely in the coming years."