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ICC gives clean chit to Nepal’s U-19 cricket team captain Rijal

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KATHMANDU — The International Cricket Council has given a clean chit to Raju Rijal, captain of the Nepal U-19 cricket team.

ICC on Tuesday confirmed that Nepal’s captain Raju Rijal is qualified to play in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016.

Issuing a statement, the ICC said that it “looked into the matter” and reviewed Rijal’s documents, which were submitted by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) before the tournament and concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that his date of birth-September 26, 1996-was incorrect.

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), India official and a former Ranji Trophy player Kaustubh Pawar had alleged that Raju Rijal is a man called Raju Sharma, who had captained Mumbai U-15 in 2000 and should be aged between 25-26 years.

The ICC said that it identifies with the authorities of the CAN and checked the documents to the birth of the player.

The documents the ICC audited included copies of his passport and birth certificate, issued by Nepal, and a signed age-determination declaration.

“According to the official documents, Raju Rijal is born on 26 September 1996. Players born on or after 1 September 1996, are eligible to participate in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016,” ICC said.

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Two died and eight injured in accident

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KATHMANDU—Today morning, Two died and eight injured when the microbus (Ba 3 Kha 4042) and minibus (Lu 1 Kha 4194)   collided each other in Myagade Rural Municipality-4 of Tanahu district.

Police has identified the deceased as Chija Kumari Batas of 50 and Saraswati Kunawar of 35.

The injured passengers of Microbus are identified as microbus driver Tul Bahadur BK, Sabila Khan Namuk Miya, Chandra Bhandari, Bindu Maya Thapa, Kamala Sura and Satyakala Neupane.

The cause of the accident is not identified yet.

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