Nepal, after winning this year’s ACC U-15, last year’s ACC U-19 Cup and winning the Plate Championship in the 2006 U-19 World Cup (beating South Africa and New Zealand on the way) saw their senior team finish fourth in the 2006 ACC Trophy and thus miss out not only on Asia Cup participation but also, quite possibly, the upcoming ICC World Cricket League which determines participation in the 2011 World Cup.
A detailed plan for development will be laid out shortly said Mr. Pandey and announced a Twenty20 club level tournament, two–day national league matches, district initiatives and a new U-13 inter-district school tournament. The CAN agenda also includes the introduction of women’s cricket and support for the blind cricket association.
Mr. Pandey also promised to make CAN’s financial dealings transparent. He also expressed confidence in CAN’s ability to bring in sponsors and helping cricketers get jobs. He also plans to make more equitable the selection process for players, boost the construction of cricket playing facilities around the country and provide more training for coaches and umpires.
Mr. Pandey also stated that once the new constitution of CAN is approved by the National Sports Council of Nepal, he would initiate the first-ever elections for office-bearers.
Mr. Pandey will be meeting the ACC Chief Executive in Kuala Lumpur in November to discuss development proposals for Nepal.
Filed November 2 2006