The Nepal T20 league is facing a grave crisis as the organizers of the event have fled the country mid-season. Many international players and broadcasters have refused to game if they continue to be without pay. This sudden shift in the situation has left players and broadcasters helpless and the league on the verge of being ceased.
The event took off on December 24th, 2022, and on this Tuesday, the squads refused to play after discovering that Jatin Ahluwalia, the organizer had left for India. Jatin Ahluwalia is the founder of Seven 3 Sports, which had signed an agreement with the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) to launch this T20 series.
As per the terms, Seven 3 Sports was supposed to pay a lump sum amount between 33 to 39 million Nepali Rupees this season and half of which was to be paid before the tournament commenced. The rest of the payment was supposed to come through after two-thirds of the league is completed.
They were also required to aid in the preservation of at least two stadiums as per the contract. However, things went south as soon as the league began on December 24th. Presently about twenty matches have been played and only four matches are remaining to reach two-thirds of the league. Many international players have begun protesting which led to a two-hour delay in Tuesday’s inaugural game between Kathmandu Knights and Biratnagar Super Kings.
‘Suspicious activities’ were found in Nepal T20
An Emerging Cricket website report stated, “Pokhara Avengers in a temporary measure was able to pay their players from their own pocket in the hope payments from those funding the tournament would eventually come through, though several foreign players, most notably Sikandar Raza, nominated for three ICC Awards for his play in 2022, has already returned home.”
There are several controversies which have emerged mid-league including spot-fixing accusations. Sachin Timalsena, one of the broadcasters even pulled out of the competition. He said, “After looking closely at Nepal T20 as a commentator, many suspicious activities were found. Now the organizers have disappeared. From today I will not have any involvement in this league as a broadcaster or commentator.”
In the meantime, a letter about the legal work permit of international players was submitted to the Nepal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Sports Council by the Abuse of Authority Investigation Commission.