Cricket Association of Nepal gets new leadership, NSC refuses to recognise authenticity

KATHMANDU: Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) elected Chatur Bahadur Chand as its new president through a controversial annual general meeting.

The gathering of Nepali cricket's government body unanimously chose its president along with the first vice-president, general secretary and 12 members. But elections were held to choose two vice-presidents with three candidates in the fray.

A faction of CAN had called the fourth AGM despite the National Sports Council's directive to not to hold the AGM until further instructions.

Chand was one of the vice-presidents in the previous executive committee.

President: Chatur Bahadur Chand

Vice-President: Binod Mainali

Vice-Presidents: Shailesh Kumar Chaudhary, Diwakar Ghale

General Secretary: Ashok Nath Pyakurel

President Tanka Angbuhang, vice-presidents Keshav Ghimire, Sunil Amatya, Ram Chandra Sharma, Deepak Koirala and Secretary Thakur Pahari were among the 11 officials from the previous executive committee who opposed the AGM, saying the NSC and the International Cricket Council were not in favour of the elections.

Meanwhile, National Sports Council Member Secretary Keshab Kumar Bista refused to acknowledge the new leadership.

"CAN? Which CAN? I don't know about any election," quipped Bista when asked for comment over the election of CAN's new executive committee.

He warned of dissolving the new executive committee which he maintained was unauthentic.