Kathmandu, Feb 9: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent the remuneration of Nepali cricket players of the past two years in lump sum. The allocation was stopped for the past two years, following the ICC decision to suspend the Cricket Association of Nepal.
The National Sports Council (NSC) has got Rs 12 million 787 thousand 682 to pay 21 cricketers eligible for the payment.
NSC member secretary Keshab Bista confirmed that the NSC received the budget just yesterday.
Those cricket players entitled to the facility have been categorised into ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ categories. The ‘A’ grade cricketers are paid Rs 35,000 per month; the ‘B’ grade players get Rs 25,000 per month while the players in ‘C’ grade are provided Rs 15,000 per month.
Those beneficiaries are captain Paras Khadka, vice-captain Gyanendra Malla, Sharad Bheswakar, Basanta Regmi, Sompal Kami, Dipendra Singh Airee and Sandip Lamichhane and these players in ‘A’ category now will get Rs 840,000 each.
Arif Sheikh, Karan KC, Lalit Bhandari, Anil Kumar Shah, Rohit Poudel, Lalit Rajbanshi and Shakti Gauchan, the players in ‘B’ class will get Rs 600,000 each while ‘C’ class players—Subash Khakurel, Sagar Pun, Dilip Nath, Sunil Dhamala, Susan Bhari, Pradeep Airee and Binod Bhandari– will bag Rs 300,000 each.
Besides them, team manager Raman Shiwakoti and main coach Jagat Tamata will be provided remunerations of two years. However, the amount they are getting is not disclosed. The ICC suspended the CAN some two and half years ago, citing the government intervention and partiality.