Cricketers hand over memorandum to PM

KATHMANDU: A group of nine cricket players, led by national team skipper Binod Das, today submitted memorandum to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal seeking secured future of the cricketers.

The cricketers demanded jobs for their secured future, cricket teams in the Tribhuvan Army Club, Nepal Police Club and Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club, facilities par to other sport players get while representing the nation, and contribution of the government in infrastructure development of cricket.

“Cricket has made the country proud in the past and the sport has potential of reaching new heights. Nepal also has the chance to qualify for the next cricket World Cup,” the cricketers said in the memorandum handed over to the PM Nepal at his office this afternoon.

Apart from Das, national team vice captain Paras Khadka, along with the national team players Amrit Bhattarai, Manjeet Shrestha, Sharad Vesawkar, Basanta Regmi, Gyanendra Malla, Sanjam Regmi and Raju Basnyat met the PM.

“As there is no job security in the country, the ratio of the players leaving the country in search of jobs is increasing day by day. At the moment itself, four cricketers are going to Dubai for jobs,” the cricketers said. The cricketers insisted the PM to form cricket teams in the three security departments. “Like football, athletics and other sports, the TAC, NPC and APF should have cricket teams so that the players need not worry about their employment,” they said.

The cricketers also demanded the facilities that the other players get from the National Sports Council (NSC) while representing the nation in international events. Lastly the cricket players requested the PM of government’s contributions for the infrastructure development in cricket.

The Prime Minister is positive towards our demands and assured us of directing the related departments to work on this,” Binod Das quoted the PM as saying. “The government and officials need to support cricket. We believe sports will be in priority list of the government,” he added.

Das hoped the PM would take the issue seriously for the cause of the cricketers. Das also requested the PM to take action as soon as possible. “The government should take prompt action on this as five, six players will go to Dubai for job if the government fails to stop them,” said Das. Raj Kumar Pradhan, Mehboob Alam, Basanta Regmi and Amrit Bhattarai are in line to go to Dubai in search of better future.

“We came here to ensure the cricketers’ secured future. We should earn our employment by playing cricket. We have not made huge demands and I think it is not a big deal for the government to fulfil our demands,” said Das.

Meanwhile, the cricketers also notified the PM about national team member Sharad Vesawkar’s citizenship issue.

Vesawkar — born to Nepali mother and Indian father and playing for the last six years for the Nepal national team — has been deprived of the citizenship by the concerned authorities. Vesawkar has been knocking doors of authorities only to be denied the citizenship on unknown grounds.

“We notified about Sharad Vesawkar’s citizenship issue to the PM and we found him positive in this matter as well,” Das said. “He has asked to submit a request letter,” added Das.