23 September, Kathmandu
In a defining moment for Nepali cricket, the former national team captain and cricket sensation, Paras Khadka, has been elected as the Secretary of the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN). Khadka secured a resounding victory, earning 48 votes, while his closest rival, Prashant Bikram Malla, garnered 37 votes. This remarkable achievement solidifies Khadka’s prominent status as a cricketing giant in Nepal.
Paras Khadka, a celebrated figure in Nepali cricket, brought a wealth of experience and leadership to the election, representing the Kathmandu district this time and also serving as the President of Bagmati province. His campaign was marked by a clear vision for advancing the administrative structure of Nepali cricket, further enhancing the sport’s growth and reach.
The new CAN leadership also saw Chatur Bahadur Chand elected unopposed as the President, and Roshan Singh assuming the position of Vice President without contest. Padam Khadka, the president of the Karnali Pradesh Cricket Association, was likewise elected unopposed as the Central Treasurer of CAN.
The promotion of gender inclusivity and representation in cricket administration was highlighted as Jayanti Bhatt, a representative of the Far West Province, was elected unopposed as a female member. The election process featured the selection of one central member from each of the seven provinces. Pradeep Majgaiyan from Lumbini and Shridhar KC from Karnali were elected without opposition. Meanwhile, voting was needed to determine the five open central members.
The results of these elections included Vikram Giri from Sudurpaschim Province, Sudeep Sharma from Gandaki, Diwakar Ghale from Bagmati, Arjun Paudel from Koshi, and Madhav Karmacharya from Madhesh. Notably, Madhav Karmacharya secured the position following a tied vote, which was decided by a lucky draw. Similarly, Dhirendra Saud secured 59 votes, Durgaraj Pathak received 54 votes, Ayush Shrestha earned 51 votes, while Birendra Chand emerged victorious with 34 votes. In a closely contested battle, Rishi Gautam and Karan Mahatra both garnered 26 votes, with Karan ultimately being chosen by a draw of lots.
Paras Khadka’s elevation to the role of Secretary represents a turning point for Nepali cricket, with his leadership and passion expected to ignite a new era of growth and success for the sport in Nepal.
Newly Elected 17 Members CAN Central Committe
President: Chatur Bahadur Chand
Vice President: Roshan Singh
Secretary: Paras Khadka
Treasurer: Padam Khadka
Open Central Members: Dhirendra Saud, Durgaraj Pathak, Ayush Shrestha, Birendra Chand and Karan Mahatra
Provincial Central Members:
Arjun Paudel (Koshi), Madhav Karmacharya (Madhesh), Diwakar Ghale (Bagmati), Sudeep Sharma (Gandaki), Pradeep Majgaiyan (Lumbini), Shridhar KC (Karnali), Bikram Bista (Far West)
Women’s Central Member: Jayanti Bhatt