A long-awaited is finally over and Nepal is witnessing the restoration of its own cricket authority – the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).
A week after the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Nepal National Sports Council (NSC) met to discuss the reinstatement of Nepal’s cricket association, Chatur Bahadur Chand was elected as CAN’s President on September 28, 2019.
Chand trumped contender Binayaraj Pandey in presidential elections during the CAN Special General Assembly held in Kathmandu.
While Pandey could only secure 17 votes, Chand garnered 44 votes.
Likewise, Asoknath Pyakurel was elected CAN General Secretary. Rajbabu Shreshta and Rohan Singh were elected as treasurers.
The new CAN body headed by Chand comprises of seven members including the Vice President and the General Secretary.
The President has been elected for a four-year term. The ICC is likely to reinstate the CAN after the ICC meeting scheduled for October 13, 2019.
The new CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand strongly believes that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will lift the ban on Nepal’s cricket governing body this month.
Chand is confident that the ICC will end the suspension of the CAN following its board meeting on October 13, 2019.
“The elections were held in free and fair manner under the supervision of the Independent Panel of the ICC. Now, the panel will submit its report and the ICC will review it,” said Chand.
“There is no doubt. We believe to have ticked all the boxes. I am confident the ICC will lift the suspension of CAN membership in the meeting later this month,” added Chand.
The CAN was suspended in April 2016 following government interference and rampant corruption.
Speaking about CAN’s suspension earlier, Chand said that the CAN leadership sacrificed the progress of cricket in Nepal. However, the elections this time were free from political interference. He vowed not to get involved in other controversies that will impact Nepal cricket.