NEPAL PREPARED FOR WCL DIVISION 5

Bandula Warnapura, CAN President Binaya Raj Pandey and Andrew Faichney (Picture courtesy myrepublica.com)

ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura and ICC Development Event Manager Andrew Faichney went to Nepal in July to assess Nepal’s preparedness for hosting Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 5 in January 2010.

Following an inspection of the facilities to be used in Nepal during the event Messrs. Warnapura and Faichney both expressed their satisfaction over the present situation in Nepal. “ACC matches have been held in Nepal with great success so we don´t have any concerns about the managerial skill of the Cricket Association of Nepal”, (CAN), said Mr.Faichney “We are very satisfied that the Division 5 matches will be a very successful event in Nepal. And this will open the door for Nepal to hold many more ICC-level matches and tournaments here.”

Nepal played in Division 5 last year, when they finished third. This year’s Division 5 will feature Nepal, USA, Fiji, Jersey and two other countries promoted from Division 6, starting in Singapore at the end of August). The top two from Division 5 move up to Division 4 and ever closer to a place in the 2015 World Cup. Mr. Warnapura believed that Nepal could host more top-flight matches “if they come up with a stadium with international facilities. It is thus vital that CAN completes the construction of the Mulpani Ground in the near future."

Nepal’s fans at Tribhuvan University Ground

A number of grounds were looked at but ultimately three on the outskirts of Kathmandu will be used for the Division 5 event, with extra security fencing added to prevent crowd encroachment after the completion of a game (if not before), which is a standard feature of matches in that part of the world. “Nepal has a good track record in holding ACC events. ACC was very confident that Nepal can hold ICC level events successfully, that´s why we recommended Nepal to the ICC,” said Mr.Warnapura. “Our major concern is that CAN doesn´t have its own grounds, but we are confident they will have all the cricketing facilities in the near future. There is enough land to develop cricket facilities. I would love to see permanent facilities at all grounds but temporary facilities will be good enough for the ICC event.”

Related:
Pepsi ICC World Cricket League
Nepal Country Profile

Filed July 28th, 2009