The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent a delegation to assess the progress in Nepal. The team will arrive over the weekend and have a discussion with the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) regarding their reinstatement as an ICC member.

Imran Khwaja, the Deputy Chairman of ICC, will lead the team of delegates and their main agenda would be to finalise the terms required to lift the suspension on Nepal and get them reinstated into ICC membership. The assessment will check if the updated Constitution has been agreed upon by all parties, which would help lay a solid base for cricket in Nepal.

The ICC has been working with Nepal Advisory Group (NAG) which comprises representatives of CAN, the Nepal Government and the broader cricket community over the past twelve months to draft a new constitution - one of the major conditions set by the ICC to CAN in May 2016 that needed to be met before reinstatement.

CAN hadused a revised version of the constitution in August 2017, which was different from what had been previously agreed by the NAG and the ICC, resulting in unfulfilled conditions set by the ICC.

"The ICC has been working towards Nepal being reinstated since its original suspension in May 2016 and this has included overseeing the selection, management, operations and finances of Nepal's national teams to enable them to continue playing. The Board's view was that the players should not be punished during Nepal's suspension and therefore agreed to Nepal's ongoing participation in ICC competitions," Khwaja said.



"The Advisory Group has been instrumental in building a constitution that will support the readmission of Nepal to ICC membership and it is concerning that CAN did not adopt the constitution as proposed. In addition to this there remains a number of other reinstatement conditions outstanding that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

"We hope these meetings with CAN, the Advisory Group and Government representatives will enable us to reach agreement on acceptable amendments to the constitution and agree the process for Nepal's readmission," he added.