The government has taken initiatives to complete the construction of Mulpani Cricket Stadium within next two and half years, said Minister for Youth and Sports Jagat Bahadur Sunar Bishwakarma.
Addressing the media in the capital on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Minister Bishwakarma informed that the cabinet has already approved the policies and plans to complete the construction of the stadium after the settlement of land acquisition issue.
The construction works were hindered due to the land acquisition issue between the government and land owners. The government had decided to provide the land owners with an alternative land in exchange of their land occupied by the stadium.
Minister further added that Ministry has already forwarded the plans to the Ministry of Finance for essential budget for the completion of the stadium.
Similarly, Minister said that ICC ban on Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) would be released soon. As per the directives of the international governing body of cricket, the government formed special five-member committee is resolving the issues of CAN management, Minister added. “The new management will be selected through an election.”
The ICC had suspended the CAN due to the government interference in selection of the board in April 2016.
Minister Bishwakarma also requested the ICC to lift ban over the Nepal’s apex body of cricket citing Nepal’s positive movement towards the development and achievement of cricket in the international arena.
Highlighting the importance of international standard sports stadium, Minister said the government has allocated the resources from the current fiscal budget to develop the sports stadiums and covered halls in all the state and at least a sports ground each at the local level across the country. The has government aimed to complete the plans within the next three years.