Kathmandu, December 15
Taking the ongoing trouble in the Nepal cricket sector to a new height, the governing body, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), has removed the national cricket team’s captain Gyanendra Malla and vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee from their respective positions.
CAN has picked celebrity all-rounder Sandeep Lamichhane as the new captain.
The cricket governing body has also suspended four players including Malla, Airee, Sompal Kami and Kamal Singh Airee from the central contract for six months beginning 2022 January.
CAN says a board meeting held on Wednesday made the decision as a recommendation by an investigation committee formed to look into their grievances.
Of late, the four players have been protesting CAN’s categorisation of the players and demanding a review, but the Nepal cricket board had accused them of breaching discipline. Read about the dispute in detail.
6 board members’ dissent
Meanwhile, six members of the Nepal cricket board have objected to the decision. They are Rishi Ram Gautam, Daud Ansari, Karan Mahatara, Amit Babu Pandey, Chhumbi Lama and Sanjay Singh.
“Taking action is not a solution as we have to play important matches in the near future,” Lama says, “But, they (the majority) didn’t agree. This decision is wrong; it will not benefit Nepali cricket.”