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Cricket Association of Nepal

Cricket Association of Nepal
नेपाल क्रिकेट सङ्घ
Founded1946; 78 years ago (1946) (2003 BS)
AffiliationInternational Cricket Council
Affiliation date1988 AD (2045 BS) Affiliate
1996 AD (2053 BS) Associate
Regional affiliationAsian Cricket Council
Affiliation date1990 AD (2047 BS)
HeadquartersMulpani, Kathmandu
PresidentChatur Bahadur Chand
SecretaryParas Khadka
Men's coachMonty Desai
Women's coachManoj Katwal
SponsorMy Second Teacher (national teams), Kelme (Kit sponsor)
Official website

Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) is the official governing body of cricket in Nepal. Its headquarters is situated in Mulpani, Kathmandu. It is Nepal's representative at the International Cricket Council and remains an associate member since 1996 AD (2053 BS). It is also a member of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

The board was dissolved by the government of Nepal in November 2014 on the grounds of incompetence and a three-member ad hoc committee was established with a new president designated by the government itself.[1]

In April 2016, CAN was suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC), on the grounds of government interference in its operations. However the suspension did not prevent Nepal's national teams from participating in ICC tournaments.[2][3]

The ICC welcomed the elections of the board held in September 2019[4] and formally reinstated the board on a conditional basis on 14 October.[5] On 13 October 2019, the ICC lifted its suspension on the Cricket Association of Nepal.[6]

Domestic tournaments

The CAN organise following national-level tournaments:

Men's domestic cricket

Men's Junior cricket tournaments

  • Boy's U19 National
  • Men's U16 National Cricket Tournament
  • Manmohan Memorial U16 National Cricket Tournament

Women's domestic cricket

Women's junior tournaments

  • Girl's U19 National (Maiyadevi Cup)
  • Girl's U16 National/WC Talent Hunt

National teams

[Out of date, needs updating]

Nepal's position at the top of the ACC rankings rests on its consistent performance at all levels of competition. Wins in U-19 cricket World Cups against Pakistan, New Zealand, and South Africa have been based on disciplined, error-free cricket.

Sri Lanka's batsman Roy Dias, who took over as coach in 2001, was the architect of Nepal's triumphs and he molded a nation high on enthusiasm and short of experience into a competitive force. A good example of his ability to maximize the skills of his charges was seen in the performance of the U-15 team in the 2006 ACC Elite Cup.: only two of the Nepal squad had ever played any competitive cricket before reaching Malaysia to play the event, two weeks later they had won it.

Office of CAN

A regime change at the Cricket Association of Nepal has led to the adoption of a more professional approach to development. Greater sponsorship and more focused domestic competitions have been the result. Work has already started on a national Academy, felt to be vital given the extremes of Nepal's weather for indoor practice, which will be partly funded by the ACC. Nepal plays most of its international matches at the Tribhuwan University International Cricket Ground in the outskirts of Kathmandu. Other grounds include Engineering College Ground in Pulchowk. A host of other grounds are used for domestic tournaments including Tudikhel, Army School Ground and Lab School Ground. Various cricket academies have surfaced since 2010, like Sangrila Cricket Academy, Dhangadi Cricket Academy, and Jhapa Cricket Academy. The National Cricket Academy started functioning in late 2011. CAN has partly funded two upcoming national cricket academies in Mulpani and Pokhara.

Former coach Pubudu Dassanayake added the batting strength which had long been the Achilles' heel for Nepalese cricket. Under Dassanayake, Nepal has won World Cricket League divisions 4 and 3 (twice). Nepal participated in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March 2014, where they produced some good performances, narrowly missing out on the next round on net run rate. As a result, they were awarded T20 International status by the ICC along with the Netherlands.



  • Jay Kumar Nath Shah (1966 – September 2006 = 40 years)[7] One of the longest serving cricket association president in the world. Association was almost non existent till the mid 1990s.
  • Binay Raj Pandey (September 2006 – December 2011)[8] A long serving cricket administrator with business background. His committee was dissolved by the government for his failure to hold an election, a requirement of International Cricket Committee.
  • Tanka Angbuhaang (December 2011 – June 2014)[9][10] He was appointed by the government of Nepal after dissolution of Binaya Raj Pandey. During his tenure he appointed new coach, Pubudu Dasanayake, and also made bilateral ties with cricket teams in India. Although full of controversies, Nepal cricket team made into their first t20 worldcup during his tenure.
  • TB Shah (Interim) (June 2014 – November 2014)[9]
  • Binay Raj Panday (Interim) (November 2014 - April 2016)[11] He was appointed after the previous working committee formed under Tanka Angabuhang was dissolved by the Government. The repeated dissolutions failure to holding election caused CAN suspension by the ICC after his tenure.
  • Chatur Bahadur Chand (September 2019 – present)[12]

Between 2016 and 2019, Bhawana Ghimire was CEO of the Cricket Association of Nepal. CAN was suspended during this period for government interventions.[13]

Affiliated Province Cricket Associations

There are currently 7 provincial cricket associations and 45 district cricket associations affiliated with CAN.[14]

Team Province Governing Body Years Men's Women's
Senior U-19 U-16 Senior U-19 U-16
Koshi Province Koshi Province Koshi Province Cricket Association 2018– checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY ☒N
Madhesh Province Madhesh Province Madhesh Province Cricket Association 2018– checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY ☒N
Bagmati Province Bagmati Province Bagmati Province Cricket Association 2018– checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY ☒N
Gandaki Province Gandaki Province Gandaki Province Cricket Association 2018– checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY ☒N
Lumbini Province Lumbini Province Lumbini Province Cricket Association 2018– checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY ☒N
Karnali Province Karnali Province Karnali Province Cricket Association 2018– checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY ☒N
Sudurpaschim Province Sudurpashchim Province Sudurpashchim Province Cricket Association 2018– checkY checkY checkY checkY checkY ☒N


Despite unprecedented success on the field, including victories over Hong Kong and Afghanistan at the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, Nepal went through some turmoil off the field in 2014 with a boycott of the national one-day tournament by the national players with the captain Paras Khadka slamming the Cricket Association of Nepal for their treatment of national players.[15]

The board then came under an investigation by the Commission for Investigation into Abuse of Authority.[16] Later, CIAA filed a case against 18 CAN members including the then President Tanka Aangabuhang, after finding them guilty of misusing around Rs. 14.31 million, which was to be used for developing the game in the country instead.[17][18] This resulted in several CAN members stepping down from their posts on moral grounds.

In May, members of CAN filed a no-confidence motion against president Tanka Angbuhang, after the organization of the Nepal Premier League was outsourced to a private sports management firm.[19]

In March, the CAN had said Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake would get a year's extension to his contract. However, he was only given a three-month extension, which ran out later June.[20] The change in terms, CAN secretary Ashok Nath Pyakuryal said, was due to the board being under investigation. The coach left the country on 4 June due to unresolved contractual issues.[21]

But the Government of Nepal intervened and handed Dassanayake a year's extension. Dassanayake returned to Nepal on 29 August after being invited by the government and was reappointed coach of Nepal's senior and Under-19 cricket teams.[22]

After all these controversies in the year 2014, the Nepal Government dissolved the Angbuhang led CAN committee on 6 November and formed an ad hoc committee under former president Binaya Raj Pandey on an interim basis.[11]

As a result of the governmental involvement in its running, the ICC suspended CAN in April 2016,[23] though allowed the national teams to continue playing in international competitions.

See also


  1. ^ "Cricket Association of Nepal board dissolved by government". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ Peter Della Penan (26 April 2016). "ICC suspends Cricket Association of Nepal" – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  3. ^ "ICC suspends Cricket Association of Nepal". Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  4. ^ "ICC welcomes Cricket Association of Nepal elections". Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Zimbabwe and Nepal readmitted; Women's event prize money receives a major boost". Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Zimbabwe and Nepal readmitted as ICC members". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Shah rejects appointment".
  9. ^ a b "CAN top brass step down". The Himalayan Times. Kathmandu. Archived from the original on 5 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Tanka Abuhaang elected president of can". 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Govt dissolves CAN". eKantipur. Kathmandu. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Chand leads landslide panel victory".
  13. ^ "Bhawana Ghimire 'Invades' Cricket's Manly World – NDTV Sports". Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  14. ^ "यी हुन् क्यानको प्रदेश र जिल्ला जित्ने सबै अध्यक्षहरु - हाम्रो खेलकुद". हाम्रो खेलकुद - - Complete website for Nepali Sports News | Nepali Cricket, Football and More. 1 September 2023. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  15. ^ "Nat'l cricketers boycott every tournament". eKantipur. Kathmandu. 10 April 2014. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  16. ^ Ghimire, Santosh (12 April 2014). "CIAA begins probe against CAN". My República. Kathmandu. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  17. ^ "CIAA filed corruption case against CAN office bearers". Reporters Nepal. Kathmandu. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  18. ^ "CIAA files graft case against 18 individuals, including CAN top guns". My República. Kathmandu. 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  19. ^ "CAN prez Aangbuhang under pressure to quit". eKantipur. Kathmandu. 26 May 2014. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  20. ^ Oli, Prajwak (29 April 2014). "CAN extends Dassanayake contract only 3 months". My República. Kathmandu. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Coach bids adieu amid contract dispute". eKantipur. Kathmandu. 5 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Dassanayake set for August 28 return". eKantipur. Kathmandu. 20 August 2014. Archived from the original on 23 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  23. ^ "ICC suspends Cricket Association of Nepal". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
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