Jun 13, 2017
The organizers of the Asian Premier League (APL) Twenty20 have conducted its auction on Monday. Five Nepali cricketers were sold in the auction for Nepal Storm, a franchise of Encore Infrastructure Pvt Ltd of New Zealand.
The Nepali players sold in auction were Bhupendra Thapa, Siddhant Raj Shahi, Amar Singh Routela and Rajbir Singh along with ex-international cricketer Paresh Lohani.
The country’s national team said that they are unaware of the tournament. RS Dandiwal, Chairman of APL said that they had kept the registrations open for all the cricketers for last six months. However, he is not sure why the national team cricketers didn’t turn up for the tournament.
Dandiwal said that they were told to look for approval from either the ICC or ACC (Asian Cricket Council) for conducting the tournament but it would have taken a lot of time. He added saying that the National Sports Council had helped in receiving broadcasting rights from the ministry.