Nepal’s national cricketer Karan KC has been awarded the Player of the Year (Male) in the NSJF Gandaki – Seventh Pokhara Sports Award 2079. This recognition comes as a result of his outstanding contributions to Nepal’s recent success in cricket.
KC’s skills as a pace bowler and destructive batter down the order have played a crucial role in Nepal’s achievements. Recently, Nepal won the ACC Premier Cup and qualified for the Asia Cup 2023. Additionally, the team won 11 out of 12 matches to retain their ODI status and secure a place in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
The award ceremony saw nominees from various other sports. Archery’s Ganga Bahadur Kunwar and Tennis’ Pradip Khadka were nominated for the Player of the Year Award (Male), but it was Karan KC who emerged as the winner. To mark his achievement, KC was honoured with Tailg Nepal’s Tiger Electric Scooter and a trophy. Subash Bhandari was also announced as the Emerging Player of the Year. He was the part of Nepal’s U-19 team which secured a place in the upcoming U-19 World Cup.
In addition to this recognition, the Nepal Government has recently announced a reward of Six Lakhs Rupees each for Nepalese players. This announcement reflects the government’s acknowledgement of the tremendous efforts and contributions made by Nepalese athletes, including Karan KC.
KC’s cricketing career has seen him play 40 ODIs for Nepal, where he has taken 61 wickets and scored 314 runs. Additionally, he has featured in 43 T20I matches, where he has grabbed 60 wickets and scored 289 runs. His consistent performances have made him an integral part of Nepal’s cricketing squad, and he continues to play a crucial role in their future successes.
Photo – CAN/Karan KC