Nepal cricket is making headlines for a unique reason. A nation in the lap of the Himalayas, whose best cricketing achievement has been qualifying for the 2014 ICC World T20, has made a piece of history by appointing a woman Chief Executive Officer earlier this week. UK-educated Bhawana Ghimire, a college-level cricketer, has been given a six-month contract by the Cricket Association of Nepal, in what is probably a first for countries associated with the International Cricket Council.
International cricket administration has always been in the firms hands of men. Women have occupied executive positions, but never in a CEO role. Nepal's choice of Ghimire is not without basis. She has the credentials and the experience of being involved with some of the greatest sporting events on earth.
Armed with an MBA from University of Wales, Ghimire has worked for the Punjab National Bank in London and then with a wealth management company in Bahrain. Here in the Gulf, Ghimire handled events related to Formula One, English Premier League and the La Liga (Spanish League). Sports management, handling players and stake holders are some of her strengths.