Sompal Kami, Binod Bhandari left out of the Nepal Squad

Allrounder Sompal Kami and Wicket-keeper batter Binod Bhandari have been left out of the Squad as the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) announced the final 16-members for the upcoming 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier Group A.

On Thursday, CAN announced the final 16-member squad, and both players did not make it to the Nepal squad.

The 31-year-old wicket-keeper batsman from Sudurpaschim Province has made 35 appearances in T20I matches for Nepal. He has managed only 319 runs with an average of 15.95, including two fifties. His strike rate is 109.24, which is below-par compared to his domestic records.

In 2021 Everest Premier League, he only managed 47 runs with an average of 9.40 in eight matches. He played with a strike rate of 78.33 and managed two ducks and four boundaries in the entire tournament.

In the recently concluded Prime Minister T20 Cup, Bhandari’s bad form continued as he could managed 77 runs in four innings. Although his strike rate of 128.33 was on the upward line, he did not produce match-winning knocks. His highest was 44 runs against Nepal Police Club, in a losing cause. The hard-hitting, 31-year-old only managed five sixes as compared to the likes of young batters like Aasif Sheikh (14), Lokesh Bam (13), Kushal Bhurtel (8), and Bibek Yadav (7).

In the last 10 T20I innings, Bhandari has managed 147 runs, including his highest T20I score 58 not out against Hong Kong.

Runs Against Venue Date
58* Hong Kong Al Amerat 6 Oct 2019
26 Netherlands Al Amerat 7 Oct 2019
1 Ireland Al Amerat 9 Oct 2019
4 Oman Al Amerat 10 Oct 2019
19 Maldives Kirtipur 6 Dec 2019
12 Maldives Kirtipur 9 Dec 2019
7 Malaysia Bangkok 29 Feb 2020
5 Hong Kong Bangkok 1 Mar 2020
7* Netherlands Kirtipur 20 Apr 2021
8 Malaysia Kirtipur 22 Apr 2021

Sompal Kami – The bowling allrounder

Sompal Kami, the Gulmi Express has made 33 appearances for Nepal in T20I matches. He has managed 31 wickets with an economy of 6.87 and scored 221 runs from 21 innings. Lately, he has struggled with his bowling form both in domestic and international matches.

Kami is also going through recurring back injury issues for the past few years. He was out of action for the entire 2019 season.

In Everest Premier League, last year, he played six matches, scored 13 runs, and produced 5 wickets. He also successfully led Chitwan Tigers to clinch the maiden title.

This year, however, he played just two matches in the Prime Minister T20 Cup. He scored 51 runs and managed 1 wicket.

In the last 10 T20I innings, Kami has managed 61 runs and eight wickets.

Runs Wkts Against Venue Date
7 2/15 Zimbabwe Singapore 1 Oct 2019
13 0/23 Hong Kong Al Amerat 6 Oct 2019
3* 0/27 Netherlands Al Amerat 7 Oct 2019
7 0/25 Ireland Al Amerat 9 Oct 2019
8 1/7 Oman Al Amerat 10 Oct 2019
DNB 1/13 Netherlands Kirtipur 17 Apr 2021
DNB 1/13 Malaysia Kirtipur 19 Apr 2021
21* 0/23 Netherlands Kirtipur 20 Apr 2021
2 3/20 Malaysia Kirtipur 22 Apr 2021
DNB 0/16 Netherlands Kirtipur 24 Apr 2021
Nischal Tiwari
Nischal Tiwari
Nischal Tiwari is the Editor of He writes cricketing stories and news, based in Oklahoma, US, and tweets at @ni5chaltiwari.



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