Kathmandu, January 28
Nepal’s cricket governing body, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), has withdrawn action against four cricketers including former captain Gyanendra Malla.
Whereas the cricket board had decided not to sign any contract with Malla, former deputy captain Dipendra Singh Airee, and two key players Sompal Kami and Kamal Singh Airee, a board meeting held on Thursday withdrew the decision, according to a statement issued after the meeting.
Following the withdrawal, CAN has put Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee and Kami in category A whereas Kamal Singh Airee has been placed in category C.
These four had expressed their dissatisfaction over the categorisation of national team members, igniting a grave crisis in Nepal cricket. Following that, the national cricket board had decided to cancel their central contract for the first half of 2022. The board had also removed Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee as the captain and vice-captain respectively.
The board itself was divided about the action as some board members expressed their dissatisfaction publicly.
Following that, around 10 other players had also boycotted the closed camp called by the reappointed coach Pubudu Dassanayake.
However, negotiations held between CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand and Malla resulted in Malla and other disgruntled players agreeing to join back the camp earlier this month.