ICC asks CAN to stop election process

Kathmandu, November 2

The International Cricket Council today instructed the Cricket Association of Nepal to “suspend all the activities in relation to the implementation of constitution.”

In a letter sent to General Secretary of CAN Ashok Nath Pyakurel, ICC Head of Global Development William Glenwright said they were seeking legal advice on the amendments made by the Special General Meeting on August 22-23.

“The board remains concerned that the CAN constitution, as amended and proposed by the Nepal Advisory Group — upon which CAN was represented — was not passed at the Special General Meeting on August 22-23. Based on the information that you have provided to us, the constitution that was passed at the aforementioned SGM appears to contain 27 separate amendments to the constitution agreed by the Advisory Group,” Glenwright said.

“We are currently seeking legal advice on these changes and I don’t want to prejudice that advice by providing commentary on those changes until we get the advice back from the lawyers. You will be receiving formal correspondence on behalf of the board shortly which will relate to the board’s position should it not be satisfied that the appropriate actions have been taken to meet the reinstatement conditions.”

Glenwright said a team would travel to Kathmandu to discuss the next steps once they receive the legal advice. “In the meantime, it is not appropriate that we participate in the election process of the revised constitution until such a time as the ICC and CAN reach agreement on such. In meantime, we would suggest that any further actions in relation to the implementation of the constitution that was passed at the SGM be suspended until CAN and ICC are in agreement on the constitution,” he added.

The ICC had formed the Nepal Advisory Group to resolve crisis in cricket through new statute after suspending the membership of CAN in April last year. CAN President Chatur Bahadur Chand and General Secretary Pyakurel joined the Group after the ICC agreed on amendment of the previous statute rather than preparing a new one.

The Nepal Advisory Group prepared the statute and the ICC instructed the CAN to get approval from the Special General Meeting. The SGM approved the statute with amendments and CAN has been conducting elections of district bodies as per the amended statute.