Nepali cricket players. (File Photo)
KATHMANDU: The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has decided to re-categorize players for the year 2020.
CAN set to re-categorize the players after disputes had surfaced during the previous classification.
CAN has also instructed the Player Classification Committee to hold necessary discussions with the captains, vice-captains and coaches of the women’s and men’s national cricket teams.
Issuing a press release, CAN Chairman Chatur Bahadur Chand has urged the committee to submit a report with recommendations for reclassification at the next CAN board meeting.
The statement said, “The names of some important players have been omitted in the classification and the players have complained to the association that the classification is not fair. The association has drawn serious’ attention to this.”
Earlier, CAN had formed a committee comprising central committee members Amit Vir Pandey and Durgaraj Pathak under the coordination of treasurer Roshan Kumar Singh.
Based on the committee’s recommendation, a board meeting held in Chitwan on September 22 had classified 18 male and 19 female players.
However, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, who played for the national team throughout 2019, was not included in the list of male players. The list of women players was criticized for excluding players from the national team.
Although it was stated that the salary of the players has been increased in the classification, CAN had reduced the expenses incurred in the salary of the male players by reducing the number of players. Earlier, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had classified 22 players for 2019. However, CAN had only 18 people in the classification.
The players of the national team who were not satisfied with the classification of CAN had even submitted a letter drawing their attention. Cricket Players Association of Nepal (CPAN) had also submitted a letter protesting the classification of players.