The first ever domestic cricketing event in Nepal - Ncell Nepal Premier League (NPL) – is going to be held here through April to May, 2014.
Zohra Sports Management (ZSM) in technical support of Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and sponsorship of Ncell announced to organised the league on Monday.
The league will feature Two-Day, 50 Overs and T20 tournaments. The tournaments which will be played in round robin format will be held respectively in Dhangadi, Biratnagar and Rajbiraj, and Kathmandu.
According to the press statement issued by Ncell, six teams owned by different business houses would be contesting for the prestigious titles in the League.
The winning teams in T20 and 50 Overs will receive Rs 200,000 each while runner-ups will bag Rs 100,000 each. Likewise, winner of the Two-Day tournament will get Rs 150,000 and the runner-up will get Rs 75,000.
Apart from the prize money, ZSM has also provisioned match fees to the players playing in the League aiming to assure income and support professional growth of the players.
In order to give international touch to the domestically played NPL, ZSM has also allowed the team owners to bring in any two international cricketers, except those banned by International Cricket Council (ICC), to play for their respective team.
According to ZSM, the participating team includes Tej (owned by Panchakanya Group and captained by Sharad Veshwakar), Colors X Factors (owned by Teletalk Pvt. Ltd. And captained by Gyanendra Malla), Vishal Group Warriors (owned by Vishal Group and captained by Parash Khadka), Kantipur Gurkhas (owned by Kantipur Publications and captained by Basanta Regmi), Jagdamba Giants (owned by Shanker Group and captained by Shakti Gauchan) and Sagarmatha Legends (owned by Ghorahi Cement and captained by Binod Bhandari).
Nepal’s National Coach Pubudu Dassanayake also praised Ncell NPL for initiating era of much needed domestic cricket tournaments.
“It’s important for players’ advancement and professional growth,” he stated. “The longer version of cricket would allow every local cricketer to master and exhibit technical skills,” he stated.