Cricket Association of Nepal

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Cricket Association of Nepal
CAN
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Sport Cricket
Founded 1946
Affiliation International Cricket Council
Affiliation date 1988
Regional affiliation Asian Cricket Council
Affiliation date 1990
Location Kathmandu, Nepal
President Tanka Angbuhang
Coach Pubudu Dassanayake
Official website
www.cricketnepal.org

Cricket Association of Nepal is the official governing body of the sport of cricket in Nepal. Its current headquarters is in Kathmandu, Nepal. Cricket Association of Nepal is Nepal's representative at the International Cricket Council and is an associate member and has been a member of that body since 1988. It is also a member of the Asian Cricket Council. The association has selected Mahendra Singh Dhoni as their brand ambassador.[1]

Nepal’s position at the top of the ACC rankings rests firmly on its overwhelmingly consistent performance at all levels of competition. At age-group level, they simply clean up. Wins in recent U-19 World Cups against Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa have been based on disciplined, error-free cricket and they showed in their thrilling last-wicket victory over New Zealand in the 2006 event that they possess boundless desire for success.

Sri Lanka’s legendary batsman Roy Dias who took over as coach in 2001 has been the architect of Nepal’s triumphs and he has moulded a nation high on enthusiasm and short of experience into a fine competitive force. No greater evidence of his ability to maximise the skills of his charges can be seen than by the performance of the U-15 team in the 2006 ACC Elite Cup. Only two of the Nepal squad had ever played any form of competitive cricket before reaching Malaysia to play the event, two weeks later they had won it. The opposition wasn’t bad, far from it. It was just that Nepal did the basics and then just a little bit more, very well thanks to all that their coach had inspired them to learn.

The one level they have yet to master is that of the seniors, where they have so far found the seasoned talents of a full-strength UAE just that little bit too much for them. But they’re pushing, they’re certainly pushing and the battle between them and the UAE should be fascinating in the years ahead.

A regime change at the Cricket Association of Nepal has led to the adoption of a more professional approach to development. Greater sponsorship and more focused domestic competitions have been the result. Work has already started on a national Academy, felt to be vital given the extremes of Nepal’s weather for indoor practice, which will be partly funded by the ACC. Nepal plays most of its international matches at Tribhuwan University ground in outskirts of Kathmandu. It does not have a fully facilitated stadium and often have crowd problems. Other grounds include Engineering College Ground in Pulchowk. A host of other grounds are used for domestic tournamants including Tudikhel, Army School Ground and Lab School Ground. Various cricket academy has surfaced since 2010, like Sangrila Cricket Academy, Dhangadi Cricket Academy and Jhapa Cricket Academy. The National Cricket Academy started functioning since late 2011. CAN has partly funded two upcoming national cricket academies in Mulpani and Pokhara.

The current coach is Pubudu Dassanayake and he has added batting strength which had long been the achilles' heel for Nepalese cricket. Under Pubudu Dassanayake, Nepal has won World Cricket League 4 and 3. Nepal participated in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March 2014.

Presidents[edit]

  • Tanka Angbuhaang (Current, since December 2011) [2] He was politically appointed by the Maoist government of Nepal. He has no cricketing or sports administration background. During his reign he appointed new coach, made bilateral ties with minor cricket teams in India.
  • Binay Raj Pandey (Sep 2006 - Dec 2011) [3] A long serving cricket administrator with business background. He was forced out by Maoist government showing his failure to hold an election, a requirement of International Cricket Committee.
  • Jay Kumar Nath Shah (since 1966 - Sep 2006= 40 years) [4] One of the longest serving cricket association president in the world. He was forced out for failure to hold an election and improve the game in country.

Paras Khadka is the current captain and one of the biggest sports celebrities in Nepal. Mehboob Alam of Nepal hold world record in ICC sanctioned cricket games for taking all 10 wickets in limited over (50 overs) game. He took all 10 wickets against Mozambique in World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey in 2005. Cricket players are well recognized celebrities in the country. Former captain Binod Das runs his own chat show in national television, with plenty of current players signed up by business houses as brand ambassadors.

Controversies[edit]

Despite unprecedented success on the field, including victories over Hong Kong and Afghanistan at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Nepal went through some turmoil off the field in 2014 with a player boycott of the national one-day tournament called off at the last minute following comments made by the captain Paras Khadka slamming the Cricket Association of Nepal for their treatment of players. The board then came under an investigation by the Commission for Investigation into Abuse of Authority. In May, members of CAN filed a no-confidence motion against president Tanka Angbuhang Limbu, after the running of the Nepal Premier League was outsourced to a private sports management firm. In March, the CAN had said Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake would get a year's extension to his contract. However, he was only given a three-month extension, which ran out later June. The change in terms, CAN secretary Ashok Nath Pyakuryal said, was due to the board being under investigation. The coach left the country on June 4 due to unresolved contractual issues.

Rhino Fans[edit]

Known as the Rhino Fans,[5] Nepal has one of the most passionate fanbase outside the full members. Each international match gathers a crowd of 8000-10,000 easily. Some of the more crucial matches had estimated attendance of more than 20,000. National televisions regularly broadcast live matches held in Nepal and often from abroad. Since 2012 they have started broadcasting some domestic matches. Nepal have official fan group called Nepal Cricket Fan Club (NCFC)[6] formed in October 2008 which has a huge presence in social media.

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