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[Updated with annual calendar] Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) passed the annual program and budget in an executive committee meeting on Wednesday, the association said in a press release.

CAN also added that Varun Beverage, the producer of Pepsi soft drinks in Nepal, and Standard Chartered Bank will sponsor the senior national team and event this year. Last year, Springwood brand of Surya Nepal was the main sponsor of the event.

“Since Springwood failed to abide by the agreement, we decided in Pepsi’s favor for the sponsorship,” CAN president Binaya Raj Pandey said.

CAN is also looking for a sponsor of U-16 national league to be held from this year after Asian Cricket Council (ACC) scrapped U-15 and U-17 events in favor of U-16.

The association will organize one-day and Twenty20 national leagues along with U-19, and U-16 national leagues this year for men and senior, U-19 and U-16 national leagues for women.

“The U-16 boys and girls national cricket championship will be held as inter-school event in co-ordination with Youth and Sports Ministry,” the release added.

Nepal will host ICC World Cricket League Division 5 from February 20 to 27 in 2010 and ACC U-16 Elite Cup from March 8 to 18 in 2010. “The Div 5 is the first ICC event to be held in Nepal,” it added.

According to the annual calendar, Nepal will participate in the ACC Twenty20 Elite Cup (Nov 20-30, 2009), South Asian Games (Jan 29 – Feb 9, 2010 in UAE), ACC Trophy Elite Cup (April 21-30, 2010 in Kuwait).

Meanwhile, Nepal will play practice matches with Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) from November 15 to 20 in Delhi to prepare for the ACC Twenty20.

CAN meeting passed the annual budget of Rs. 68,213,244 among which Rs 32,400,000 will be invested for the infrastructure development. Rs. 19,683,190 is expected to be expenses of the national leagues, sports equipment purchase and administrative costs while the remaining Rs. 16,130,054 will be spent for international participation and event hosting.

CAN has requested for Rs. 15,112,500 for infrastructure development with ACC; Rs. 4,598,000 for the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 with Nepal Government and Rs. 3,300,000 for participation in SAG with National Sports Council.

“If these budget requirements are made available, it would be incorporated in the annual budget,” CAN said.

Annual Calendar for the Year 2066/067

ACC Twenty20 Elite Cup

1. Delhi Practice Tour                                                             November 15–20, 2009

2. ACC Twenty20 Elite Cup, U.A.E.                                     November 20 – 30, 2009

Inter-School U-16 Boys/Girls (Ministry of Youth & Sports Program)

District Level (Boys)                                                              October 18 – November 15, 2009

District Level (Girls)                                                               November 16 – December 15, 2009

National Level (Boys/Girls)                                                    TBC

U-16 National Tournament (CAN’s Programme)

Regional Level                                                                        January 1-15, 2010

National Level                                                                        February 1-10, 2010

ACC U-16 Elite Cup

U-16 Close Camp                                                                   February 12 – March 5, 2010

ACC U-16 Elite Cup 2010, Nepal                                          March 8 – 18, 2010

South Asian Games

SAG Closed Camp                                                                 December 20 – January 18, 2009

SAG Practice, Bangladesh                                                     January 19 – 28, 2010

SAG, Bangladesh                                                                   January 29 – February 8, 2010

ICC World Cricket League Division 5

Regional Camp                                                                       January 1 – 10, 2010

National Camp                                                                        January 15 – February 10, 2010

Sri Lanka Team Tour to Nepal                                                February 11 – 19, 2010

ICC WCL Div 5, Nepal                                                          February 20 – 27, 2010

ACC Trophy Elite Cup

Closed Camp                                                                          March 21 – April 20, 2010

ACC Trophy Elite Cup                                                           April 21-30, 2010

ACC U-19 Women’s Cricket Tournament                             September 22-30, 2010)

DATES NOT CONFIRMED YET

–          Senior National (one-day)

–          Senior National (Twenty20)

–          Women’s National

–          Wai Wai U-19 National

–          PCB Tour to Nepal