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Kanishka Chaugai (born 24 January 1986) is a Nepalese cricketer.[2] A right-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler,[3] he has played for the Nepal national cricket team since 2004.[4]

Kanishka Chaugai
Personal information
Born (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 (age 33)
BowlingRight-arm medium pace
Domestic team information
2005   Nepal
First-class debut30 April 2005 Nepal v Hong Kong
Last First-class7 May 2005 Nepal v UAE[1]
Career statistics
Competition First-class[1] Youth ODI
Matches 2 20
Runs scored 101 537
Batting average 33.66 28.26
100s/50s 0/0 0/3
Top score 48 90*
Balls bowled 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 3/0 2/0
Source: Cricket Archive, 8 March 2008


Born in Nepal in 1986,[3] Kanishka Chaugai first played for Nepal at Under-17 level when he played in the ICC Under-17 Asia Cup in Pakistan in 2000. He played in the ACC Under-17 Asia Cup in Bangladesh the following year before playing at Under-19 level for the first time in the 2002 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.[5]

In 2003, he played three matches for Nepal Under-19s against India Under-19s before playing in the Youth Asia Cup in Pakistan. He played in a second Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004 and made his début for the Nepal senior side that year when he played in an ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament match against Hong Kong.[5]

Remaining in the senior side, in early 2005 he played in the repêchage tournament of the 2005 ICC Trophy,[5] in which Nepal finished third after beating Qatar in a play-off.[6] He also played ACC Fast Track Countries Tournament matches against Singapore, Malaysia,[5] the UAE and Hong Kong.[7] The games against the UAE and Hong Kong also counted towards the 2005 ICC Intercontinental Cup[8] and are his only first-class matches to date.[1][7]

Returning to the Under-19 team, he captained Nepal Under-19s in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, leading them to the Plate Championship final where they beat New Zealand.[9] Chaugai had won the man of the match award in the plate semi-final where Nepal beat South Africa by 2 runs.[10] He most recently played for the senior side in a play-off match against Namibia to decide the final spot in the 2006 ICC Intercontinental Cup. Needing an outright win to qualify, Nepal could only secure a draw after there was no play on the first day.
Late in 2006, Kaniska Chaugai left Nepal and Nepali cricket team to seek future in the United States. His father, who was cricket administrator at that time was having financial difficulties and hence the decision. Nepalese coach Jagat Tamata regarded him as the best batsmen ever produced in non-test country. Fans felt betrayed and many say that his decision to move to the US single-handedly pushed Nepali cricket back by 5 years.[11]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Note: Cricinfo lists his last first-class match as being against Namibia in 2006, however the International Cricket Council specifically ruled that this match was NOT first-class.
  2. ^ Cricinfo profile
  3. ^ a b CricketArchive profile
  4. ^ Teams played for by Kanishka Chaugai at CricketArchive
  5. ^ a b c d Other matches played by Kanishka Chaugai at CricketArchive
  6. ^ Scorecard of Nepal v Qatar, 27 February 2005 at CricketArchive
  7. ^ a b First-class matches played by Kanishka Chaugai at CricketArchive
  8. ^ 2005 ACC Fast Track Nations Points Table Archived 25 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Scorecard of Nepal Under-19s v New Zealand Under-19s, 18 February 2006 at CricketArchive
  10. ^ Scorecard of Nepal Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s, 16 February 2006 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ Scorecard of Namibia v Nepal, 23 March 2006 at CricketArchive