The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has been left red-faced after it used Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag’s picture in a Nepal national team jersey in the annual souvenir published by it.

The annual souvenir 2013 published by CAN has a Sehwag action picture on its cover, wearing a deep blue jersey of the Nepal cricket team. CAN had tried to blur the face of the Indian batsman but there is no denying that it’s a Sehwag picture which it has used.

“Yes, it is Virender Sehwag’s picture that we have used in the cover of the CAN’s annual souvenir but if you have a closer look, we have blurred the face a bit. I can tell you that this is completely an unintentional mistake on our part,” CAN’s Executive Committee member Kiran Rana told PTI.

“We don’t even sell the souvenir. It is only released for our members and a copy of each was given to them during the annual general meeting of the body in Pokhra recently,” he said.

However, Rana could not give a convincing answer as to whose idea it was to use Sehwag’s picture in a Nepal team jersey.

“Well, Sehwag has a huge fan following in Nepal. There is every possibility that the owner of the printing press is a Sehwag fan and he must have felt the urge to use this picture in the magazine cover,” Mr. Rana said.

Asked if CAN would change the cover photo and re-print it, Mr. Rana said, “Already 150 copies of the magazine has been distributed, so there is no chance of having a re-print.”

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