Nepal's T20 competition got underway earlier this week with the launch of the Everest Premier League Twenty20.

The competition is the brainchild of a private Nepali firm, who are keen for the event to showcase both local and international talent.

The competition has been granted official status after being sanctioned by the ICC. The headline name is Sri Lankan all-rounder Farveez Maharoof, with the 33 year-old scheduled to play for Katmandu Kings.

The six-team competition will see the sides vying for a prixe fund of 2.1 million Rupees.

In the opening games of the tournament Pokhara Rhinos defeated Chitwan Tigers by 10 wickets with 27 year-old Pakistani left-hander Israrullah making an undefeated 61 chasing a modest 113.

The other match was an altogether much tighter affair as the Warriors beat the Patriots by six runs. Anil Kumar Sah (47), Paras Khadka (38) and Hong Kong's Babar Hayat (34) were all among the runs in their total of 150, which just proved enough.