KATHMANDU:- The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has signed contracts with men and women cricket players for a year. The CAN board meeting held in Bharatpur, Chitwan on Tuesday made classification of women cricketers for the first time in Nepal.
The cricket association has categorized 18 men and 19 women cricketers into grade ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’. As decided the ‘A’ grade men players include Paras Khadka, Gyanendra Malla, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sharad Veswakar, Karan KC, Basanta Regmi, Deependra Singh Aire and Binod Bhandari. The grade ‘B’ includes Suman Bhari, Somlal Kami, Arif Sheikh and Pawan Saraf while grade ‘C’ players are Subas Khakurel, Rohit Poudel, Kushal Malla, Ramid Khan, Abinash Bohora and Kamal Singh Eire..
Similarly, CAN has nominated Rubina Chhetri, Neri Thapa, Indu Sharma, Sita Ranamagar and Karuna Bhandari as grade ‘A’ cricketers towards women players category, CAN chair Chatur Bahadur Chand told RSS.
He further informed that the grade ‘B’ women cricketers are Jyoti Pandey, Apsari Begam, Roma Thapa, Bindu Rawal, Kavita Joshi, Reetu Kanaujiya, Kajal Shrestha and Sarita Magar.
The women cricketers picked in the grade ‘C’ are Kabita Kunwar, Doli Bhatta, Anuradha Chaudhary, Sonu Khadka, Anjali Chand and Shova Ale.
Chair Chand further shared that the ‘A’ grade men cricketers would receive monthly remuneration of Rs 50,000, ‘B’ grade Rs 40,000 and ‘C’ grade Rs 30,000. Similarly, ‘A’ grade women cricketers would be entitled to get monthly remuneration of Rs 15,000 followed by Rs 12,000 for grade ‘B’ and Rs 10,000 for grade ‘C’.
“The CAN has signed contracts with women cricketers for the first time. This is a good start”, CAN chair Chand said. Earlier in 2019, men cricketers received remuneration of Rs 45,000, Rs 35, 000 and Rs 25,000. The cricketers would get a new remuneration scale effective from January 2020.
CAN has decided to hold its annual general assembly on October 14 through virtual platform. The association took the decision to convene the AGM as it has to be held by October 16 as per the International Cricket Council (ICC) provisions.
“We would hold the AGM face-to-face if the situation allowed us to do so. If not it would be organized in a virtual platform”, Chand said.
CAN has endorsed all the annual audit reports from the fiscal year 2015/16 to 2019/20. Audit was not performed in the year when CAN was suspended. The ICC had lifted its action against CAN after a new leadership came after the election.
Likewise, CAN has decided to seek government permission for closed-door training amidst the corona pandemic. Chair Chand said that the association has decided to take initiative to enable an environment for training sessions in coordination with the National Sports Council.
The CAN has also decided to coordinate with the concerned authorities for organizing the men and women category Prime Minister Cup within mid-December.
Likewise, the board took the decision to remunerate cricket coach Jagat Tamata at par with the ‘A’ grade cricketers. CAN has decided to remunerate him for two years.
The board has also decided to form a three-member committee for life insurance of the contracted cricketers, ground staff and office staff.
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