KANCHANPUR, Nov 29: Kanchanpur, the district in the Far-west province, has never got a cricket coach from the National Sports Council (NSC), but it continues to shine in national cricket, thanks to the image earned by local players.
The district has been producing talented players over the years and the credit for this goes to the former and senior national players, most of them from the district, who have been working as coaches on volunteer basis.
The cricket environment in the district is getting exciting with the local players giving their best performance in national level cricket championships in recent days.
Although there are coaches for 17 different sports under the District Sports Development Committee here, there is not a single cricket coach.
Birendra Bahadur Chand, the president of Kanchanpur Cricket Association, said cricketing activities have been increasing in the district in recent days. Some of the best-known cricketers like Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandip Jora, Bhim Sarki and Binod Bhandari are from Kanchanpur.
According to Chand, cricketing activities have been expanding in the district although there is lack of physical infrastructures. Despite this, Kanchanpur is known for producing national level cricketers.
At present, the senior local cricket players are coaching the younger players in the district and the Association is coordinating this.
"Attraction towards cricket has surged among the youths after the district won fame with the performance of national level players from here. Cricket competitions are being organized in coordination with the local governments in the district," Chand said, adding that the Association also plans to conduct cricket training in all nine local level units in the district.