Kathmandu – Cricket Association of Nepal(CAN) has revealed “High Performance Program” for the Cricket Team, as preparation of two World Cup Qualifiers. CAN lifted the curtains of the ambitious project via a press conference held today in Annapurna Hotel. Nepal is set to play T20 World Cup Qualifier in November and ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2014. The high performance program is devised taking in account the high performance grant to be provided by ICC.
[adsense]“The High Performance Program will be managed by a committee that is lead by CAN’s president Tanka Angbuhang and includes 7 other members”, read the press release issued by CAN. The Committee is responsible for planning and structuring training programs for the players of the national team in neighboring test nations India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Players from these test playing nations will be brought to Nepal for practice matches.
CAN also revealed its plans on hiring batting, bowling and Fielding coaches to groom the players.The High Performance Committee has already approached Victoria’s Chris Harris as Batting Coach for Nepal”, reads the press release.
The estimated cost of the High Performance Program is USD 250,000. ICC’s high performance grant of USD 175000 will partly cover the cost of the program while CAN intends to request the governments for funds for the remainder of the costs.
CAN’s member Purna Lama has been appointed as the Team Manager for the High Performance Program.
Cricket Association of Nepal also revealed the High Level Probe that visited India had signed on bilateral ties with Delhi District Cricket Board in the press meet. These ties will strengthen the not just the preparation for World Cup but also help develop Nepali cricket in long run.
The Cricket Boards have agreed upon organizing bilateral Cricket Tournaments, taking Nepalese players for training and practice matches and involving teams sent by CAN in the state level Cricket Tournaments organized by the Boards.
CAN will sign similar ties with Madhya Pradesh Cricket Board in near future.
Amrit Mathur, who mediated the talks for CAN to these Cricket Boards has been appointed International Advisory for CAN while Aamir Akthar who was also part of the high level probe has been appointed as National Advisor.
“Mulpani Cricket Ground will be Completed on Poush”
High Performance Program is perhaps one of the most ambitious projects that CAN has revealed. The other much hyped project Mulpani Cricket Ground; “Mulpani Ground will be completed on Poush” answered Tanka Angbuhang when inquired by Cricnepal representative about the completion date.
Similary, CAN also presented rough plan for Nepal’s World Cup Qualifier Preparation. Nepal will first play 7-10 practice matches with Indian Club in India. After returning from India the batsmen will be trained by Chris Harris and finally their will be bowling camp for bowlers with Sri Lankan fast bowler. The training will end right before the T20 World Cup Qualifier in November. The preparation plans for ICC World Cup Qualifier, 2014 hasn’t been sorted out yet. CAN is however set to send Nepali Team at least 10 days before the tournament so that team can settle in New Zealand’s conditions