CAN vice president, secretary resignThe duo said that they decided to resign with the view to provide working opportunities to the new leadership.
Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) Vice-president Raju Babu Shrestha and Secretary Ashok Nath Pyakurel announced their resignations on Wednesday.
The duo said that they decided to resign with the view to provide working opportunities to the new leadership. CAN insiders, however, say the reason behind their resignations was their dissatisfaction with President Chatur Bahadur Chand.
"We had felt that we should resign on the same day the ICC lifted suspension on CAN, but it was not the ideal time to take such a step. Our ambition was to establish the fact that there was no alternative for CAN and we fought for that. Today it has been an accepted fact," said Pyakurel at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that they do not have any differences with CAN office-bearers.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had suspended CAN from April 2016 to April 2019, citing the dual existence of the cricket governing body in Nepal and government interference in the election.
Later, the CAN election was held under supervision of ICC in September 2019 for a four-year term. Pyakurel and Thapa, both got elected from the Chatur-led faction, which swept the election.
According to a CAN source, Shrestha and Pyakurel resigned following a misunderstanding with President Chand.
Chand, meanwhile, has appealed to the duo to withdraw their resignations.
"I came to know just now through the media that Vice-president Shrestha and Secretary Pyakurel resigned. I appeal to them to withdraw their resignations. As far as I know, we don't have any serious misunderstanding," said Chand.
"I had a long discussion with Pyakurel this morning as well. He told me that he had called a press conference to brief the media about the activities of the two years after the committee was elected," he said.