Indian Cricket Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the new Brand Ambassador of Nepal Cricket. The Nepal Cricket Association declared Indian skipper Dhoni as their brand ambassador in Kathmandu.
The news was announced by Posta Bahadur Bogati, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal. Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Jayanta Prasad, was also present at the occasion when Dhoni was declared as the Brand Ambassador.
Dhoni will promote and develop cricket in Nepal. Dhoni also advised Nepal cricket officials to get permission from International Cricket Council to construct a stadium. The stadium would likely to promote cricket in the country. According to acting chief of the country’s Tourism Board Subhash Niraula, the appointment of Dhoni will help promote Nepal’s tourism industry.
Dhoni said that he would be happy to promote cricket and contribute to the development of cricket in Nepal. Speaking to media Dhoni said :
“I am happy to see the youth playing cricket or take up the sport. This is my first trip and I do not know much about the venues over here and it was good to see that although it was quite hot still the youngster they were playing cricket.”
He also urged Nepal’s cricket officials to get permission from International Cricket Council to construct a stadium, which would further promote cricket in the country.
“I have seen stadiums being made and the minimum it takes is one and a half to two years. So, why not you guys make a stadium. We will have to wait and watch since Nepal does play under age cricket and even the T-20 format they are playing so they can proceed and ask ICC if there is a possibility or not.”
Mahendra Singh Dhoni born on 7 July 1981 is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team and the Chennai Super Kings cricket team. Dhoni made his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and a year later played his first Test, this time against Sri Lanka.