EPL and six franchise teams on Monday through a press conference had warned that they would boycott any event organised by the cricket governing body if the EPL was not sanctioned by the cricket governing body.
Everest Premier League (EPL) Private Ltd, the organisers of franchise based EPL T20 cricket tournament, and six franchise teams have filed a writ petition against Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) at the Supreme Court on Thursday.
According to a press release issued by EPL, they have demanded a stay order against the CAN’s first ever official franchise cricket league, Nepal T20, and also scrap commercial and strategic partnership with Seven3Sports, an Indian event management company, for the event.
The cricket governing body last week announced it will organise Nepal T20 from September 24 to October 22. The body has also declared to rope in Seven3Sports as a partner. The CAN also said that they would not sanction any other similar franchise tournament in the country, pouring cold water on EPL’s plans to hold the fifth edition of the tournament in November.
In response to the CAN’s announcement, EPL and six franchise teams on Monday through a press conference had warned that they would boycott any event organised by the cricket governing body if the EPL was not sanctioned by the cricket governing body.
EPL have also alleged CAN of violating laws of the country while handpicking Seven3Sports. “Availing the services of a foreign company by discretely entering into a private agreement and neglecting the prevalent laws of Nepal not only raises numerous questions about the entire decision-making process and the motive of CAN, but is also non-transparent, arbitrary and deeply encroaches upon our legal and constitutional rights,” the statement reads.
“EPL and all six franchises have unanimously decided to seek appropriate legal recourse as per the prevalent laws of Nepal. Therefore, a writ petition has been filed before the Supreme Court of Nepal praying for a stay order against the erroneous decision of CAN. We have full faith and humbly believe that the judiciary will grant us appropriate remedy.”