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ACC U-19 Women’s Champions Nepal have been awarded the highest cash prize in the history of Nepali cricket by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The award of Nepali Rupees 100,000 (US$1500) was made by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal at his official residence with the Minister for Youth and Sports Gopal Tiwari Nepali, office-bearers of the National Sports Council and officials of the Cricket Association of Nepal in attendance.

“It’s quite a significant thing,” says Ujjwal Acharya, one of Nepal’s foremost cricket and political correspondents, “it’s the first time the government has taken the initiative in reaching out to the players. It is a long overdue thing and will let a lot of people know that Nepal cricket is something to be encouraged especially now that the men’s team is in a quiet phase.” The Cricket Association of Nepal also gave each player NR 15,000 and national sponsor Wai Wai Noodles awarded the squad NR 50,000. The latest figures for per capita income in Nepal are US$1100.

Nepal’s women defended the title they first won in 2008 in October, beating Bhutan by five wickets. Bhutan’s U-19 cricketers themselves were accorded a Ministerial reception and individual cash prizes of Ngultrum 10,000 (US$225) directly on their return from the ACC U-19 Championship final in Singapore.

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“Until this U-19 tournament they didn’t know us. We got to the Final and many people now know that Bhutan is doing something good in the world,” says national coach Damber Singh Gurung.

The ACC is delighted to provide opportunities for young cricketers to play international cricket. We are highly encouraged by the increasing amount of recognition and support that governments across the region are providing to their cricketers.

ACC U-19 Women’s Championship 2010
Nepal Cricket Profile
Bhutan Cricket Profile
Damber Singh Gurung: Student and Master

Filed November 8th, 2010