02 April 2009

IPL at the Top of the World

No electricity, lack of political stability, poor infrastructure - hardly the prerequisites to host the sporting spectacle that is the Indian Premier League (IPL). But if those things were to be rectified (and I know it probably won't be for a long time to come), wouldn't Nepal be the perfect location for cricket matches?

Why bother with places like South Africa when Nepal is a short hop from India, has plenty of passionate cricket fans, year round great weather, stunning scenery to make for memorable television broadcasts, a very low cost of living, some wonderful hotels and casinos, and lots of tourist sites that Indians would enjoy (Pashupati, Boudha, etc.).

Already Nepal has one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world (See above picture). We would probably need a few more stadiums in places like Pokhara and Chitwan to host the entire IPL tournament, but if let's say in the future only one IPL team had to relocate because of security concerns or renovations to their stadium - then Nepal could be the perfect alternative.

2 comments:

  1. Biplav Bhai congrats for your latest endevour. Keep up the good work.You have raised a very interesting point. You are right Nepal has everything to offer and can benifit to the hilt provided it establishes itself a worthy host.
    I wish our so called sports officials had /have the foresight,vision and commitment to guide Nepal into a new era of sports.
    To be straight I don't envisage the government under taking such an important and productive project now or in the future. As a matter of fact, in a country like ours' where sport in secondary there is virtually no scope for sports development even if it means generating revenue. Such is the level of ignorance for sports on part of our government that we simply cannot hope sports scenario changing for the good.Apparently,the private sector has to spearhead the project with the help of interested parties,including sports ministry and cricket association.
    Cricket Association of Nepal(CAN) has a vital role to play in this project. Long as we are able to bring the chips together it is a viable project.

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  2. Unfortunately, Nepal's sports sector is symbolic of the country as a whole. Lots of things need to improve

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