The Cricket Association of Nepal’s long-cherished desire to host a large-scale international event, could come closer to fruition with plans made to develop grounds at Mulpani, in the Kathmandu Valley and at scenic Pokhara.
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ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura with CAN President Binaya Raj Pandey and CAN Vice President Upendra Prasad Bhattarai at Mulpani
Currently scrubland, the 350 ropani (1 ropani = 500 sq.metres) site at Mulpani, 12 kilometres east of Kathmandu has been identified by the Cricket Association of Nepal as a potential site for a ground to match Tribhuvan University’s. Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground in Kirtipur, on the south-western outskirts of Kathmandu, is currently the only international-sized cricket ground in Nepal.
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Mulpani, February 2009
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Pokhara in central Nepal already has a cricket ground and the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is starting work on constructing a stadium this year. “We chose Pokhara over other venues because of its natural beauty and the facilities it has on offer for tourists,” says CAN President Binaya Raj Pandey. He said the construction of the stadium would be carried out in various phases, starting with the pitch. “We are aiming to complete overall construction within two years,” says Mr. Pandey, “CAN’s lone effort is not sufficient and we urge the government and the private sector to help put together the resources.” CAN is initially investing NPR 1.8 million (228,000 USD) in the project.
According to reports, the Government of Nepal has made available NPR 10 million for sporting infrastructure development. Both sites at Mulpani and Kathmandu have excellent water supplies and drainage, in the view of ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura.
Filed February 23, 2009