Kathmandu, November 30
Kathmandu Gorkhas, a franchise team planning to participate in the Nepal T20 League, have pulled out of the tournament.
The team owned by Kantipur Media Group pulling out of the tournament less than two weeks from the first game has cast a shadow over the tournament.
Nepal T20 League is the first T20 league being organised by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN). The tournament was due to start on December 11 and end on December 31.
Acting secretary of CAN, Prashant Bikram Malla, says efforts are underway to find a new team and transfer the players to the other team.
“Since we’ve taken ICC’s permission to do the league, we have to do it at any cost. We think the league will be delayed by a week,” said Malla.
Earlier, the league scheduled to be held in September had been postponed after the Home Ministry told CAN that it could not provide security on the eve of the elections.
All procedures have been completed including the player auction. The marquee player of Kathmandu Gorkhas was former Nepali captain Gyanendra Malla. The team had also bought players like Thisara Perera, Kamindu Mendis, and Dhananjay de Silva.