ICC positive to lift Nepal's suspension

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International Cricket Council has finally agreed to resolve disputes in the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) by amending its statute.

This is the first time ICC made its opinion clear following the meeting of ICC officials and Nepal Advisory Group held on Saturday and Sunday in Kathmandu.

“The Nepal Advisory Group, which consists of various stakeholders of cricket in Nepal, was formed by the ICC to recommend amendments to the constitution (sic) of the CAN so that elections can be conducted subsequently as per the revised constitution,” said a press release issued by the ICC Media and Communications Department, Dubai on Monday.

“An ICC delegation will return to Kathmandu around the time the World Cricket League Championship matches against Kenya are held on 11 and 13 March and will decide on a timetable for the adoption of the revised constitution and subsequent elections. Following this, Nepal’s membership of the ICC will be tabled for consideration at the ICC Annual General Meeting in June,” the press statement further stated.

“ICC delegation is scheduled to arrive in Kathmandu on March 12. Everything will be decided after that,” suspended CAN general secretary Ashoknath Pyakurel told Setopati.

The ICC had suspended Nepal in April last year for breaching Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association, which prohibits government interference and requires free and fair elections. The suspension cut off funding for the CAN but Nepal was allowed to continue participating in ICC events.

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