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Nepal cricket crisis ‘over’ as Malla, others join back the team

File: Gyanendra Malla captained the Nepal national cricket team from 2019 to 2021.
File: Gyanendra Malla captained the Nepal national cricket team from 2019 to 2021.

Kathmandu, January 4

The imminent crisis in Nepal cricket has been almost over as former captain Gyanendra Malla and some other players disgruntled with recent developments have rejoined back the team.

Former captain Malla, former vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee and key players Sompal Kami and Kamal Singh Airee had expressed their dissatisfaction over the categorisation of national team members, igniting the crisis. Following that, the national cricket governor, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) had decided to cancel their central contract for the first half of 2022. The board also removed Gyanendra Malla and Dipendra Singh Airee as the captain and vice-captain respectively.

CAN 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.

Sources close to the negotiation talks say Chand has agreed to revise the grading later but the new captain Sandeep Lamichhane will be retained.

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