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Former cricketers move SC against CAN

KATHMANDU, April 6: Former national cricketers have appealed to the Supreme Court to issue stay order against the activities of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister´s Office, Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Sports Council (NSC), CAN and its president Binay Raj Pandey have been made defendants in the case filed by former players Aamir Akhtar, Dipendra Chaudhary, Manoj Kumar Baisya and cricket fans Sailendra Khadka and Surya Thapaliya.

The players have claimed that CAN has never conducted election of its executive committee and the association lacks financial transparency. They have also claimed that CAN has failed to decentralize tournaments and has been exploiting players.

Akhtar, a former national team bowler, said that they have appealed to the court to establish rule of law in the sports sector. “CAN will get a new leadership if the election is conducted,” said Akhtar. He said absence of elected leadership in CAN has hampered players´ development.

“CAN used to provide Rs 25 per day to the players during national tournaments. Players protested against it last year. We withdrew our protest after sponsors warned they would stop financing us. They increased the daily allowance to Rs 75 per day after the protest but nothing as such have been done yet. This forced us to move the Supreme Court,” said Dipendra Chaudhary.

Akhtar said that CAN neither signs contracts with players nor gives proper allowances despite signing sponsorship deals with corporate houses.
Akhtar said that they had earlier visited NSC demanding fresh election within CAN. “They turned a deaf ear to our demands and this made us move the Supreme Court,” said Akhtar.

CAN President Pandey said he was unaware about the players´ move. “Our association is affiliated to NSC and we run under their guidance. If NSC and CAN have been made defendants, we´ll plan our move in consultation with NSC,” said Pandey.

CAN is shortly organizing National Cricket Tournament and if the court issues stay order it will hamper the tournament. Answering on the issue, one of the plaintiffs Chaudhary said that this would exert pressure on CAN.

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  1. cosmic cricket

    April 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I say that’s a brave move from the former cricketers. Hats off!! Nepal doesn’t need these crap politicians in CAN. We need somebody who saw cricket closely and know the do and don’t of development of cricket in Nepal. Let’s bring on revolution.

  2. Ramesh Adhikari

    April 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    well, somebody need to do something to make this Padey to wake up. CAN is simply wasting so much of its possibilities. Shame on them.

  3. Aamir Akhtar

    April 8, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Dear Cricket lovers,

    We have taken a bold move to go to Supreme Court by filing a Public Interest Litigation for the betterment of Nepali cricket. There is a such a huge potential but run by ad hoc committee. We as the youth of Nepali should work in bringing revolution in our own industry. Hope for all your support.

    • Nischal

      April 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

      This is just a start, NO POLITICS IN SPORTS PLEASE!, I have your full support Amir Ji. We love cricket and cricketers. Hats off to this step from you guys.

  4. Nishan Khatri

    April 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    The first thing that I would recommend is to get hold of a strong sporting law. I guess, currently Nepal is lacking that kind of law. After that, we need some young guns who have strong will power and strong determination to develop professionalism in sports sector. Hell yeah, the politics has to be completely removed from sports but then, without politics, we cannot move ahead. What we need is a good person to do nothing. The crap Pandey is just wasting time and money by sitting idle and doing nothing. Today I saw ACC webpage and found out that the players from Afganisthan M.Nabi and H.Hassan were playing in English season that was started just a day ago in UAE. haha…feels so sorry for the players of nepal who i think are far more better than Nabi and Hassan. Our dream to play even next t20 WC will not be fulfilled is that pandey is still there. so first thing that we need to do is remove that b….as…
    we are all with you amir and team go ahead and behead those b….as…
    our country must rise and will rise.

  5. Aamir Akhtar

    April 9, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Dear Nishan

    Must appreciate your deep observation of Nepali cricket comparing to our oppositions. We had not heard of Afghanistan playing cricket and all of a sudden they have taken over the laurels and doing so well despite of all political turmoils in their country. Nepal being such a talented nation since 15 years we havent done anything special except few achievements. We got to be strict to ourselves when you want to reach on the top. Binay Raj Pandey and his team is surely riding on old status. Its time for a change, time to bring the youth, time to make our cricket a professionalism sport. We have taken this bold move and i hope Inshallah we shall contribute to this gutsy thoughts. Cheers!

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