Sompal Kami (Nepali: सोमपाल कामी) (born 2 February 1996) is a Nepalese cricketer. Kami is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler. He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Nepal's first ever One Day International (ODI) match, against the Netherlands, in August 2018. In January 2019, he became the first bowler for Nepal to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI match.
|Full name||Sompal Kami|
|Born||2 February 1996|
Turang-8, Salyara, Gulmi, Nepal
|Nickname||Gulmi Express, Som|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Bowling||Right-arm fast bowler|
|ODI debut (cap 10)||1 August 2018 v Netherlands|
|Last ODI||28 January 2019 v UAE|
|T20I debut (cap 10)||16 March 2014 v Hong Kong|
|Last T20I||10 October 2019 v Oman|
|Domestic team information|
|2015–2015||Nepal Army (National League)|
|2014–2014||Jagdamba Giants (NPL)|
|2015–2015||New Horizon (SPA Cup)|
|2015–2015||Kalutura Physical Culture Club|
|2019-present||Winnipeg Hawks (GT20)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 October 2019
His bowling speed was measured above 140 km/h during the match against Afghanistan in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. He was #82 ranked T20I bowler in the world, achieving the 316 rating benchmark on 17 July 2015. He represents the Nepal Army Club of the National League, Jagdamba Giants of the Nepal Premier League and New Horizon College, which plays in the SPA Cup.
Originally from Gulmi in western Nepal, his father moved to Punjab with his family. Sompal spent his childhood as an enthusiastic cricket lover. He represented various school level tournaments. Most notable was his participation in Indian Premier Corporate League where he was the captain.
Domestic and T20 franchise careerEdit
Sompal made his entry to Kathmandu Region No. 3 through the Nepali Cricket Fan Club. He was one of the key players of Kathmandu Region No. 3, which won the U-19 National Championship. He broke a record in the tournament by scoring two centuries and achieving the best bowling figures. Through this tournament he impressed the Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake and was able to cement his place in the national squad.
In an unofficial tournament, Sagarmatha Cement Journey to World Cup tournament in December 2013 in Kathmandu, Sompal was the leading wicket-taker with 10 wickets from four matches.
Sompal played six List A matches in the 2014 World Cup Qualifier and took eight wickets – one less than spinner Basanta Regmi. He played three Twenty20 International matches in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, held in Bangladesh, and took four wickets with best figures of 2/13.
Sompal picked up five wickets for 47 against Malaysia in the 2014 ACC Premier League in Malaysia, the best bowling figures of his career. He took 15 wickets in the tournament in total and was adjudged the best tourney's bowler. During the 2014 Asian Games, Sompal took five wickets at an average of just 4.00 and an exceptional economy rate of just 2.50. He was the only Nepalese player to be chosen in the Select XI of the tournament by Asian Cricket Council. He took 11 wickets in the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, which Nepal won.
In the first Twenty20 International of Nepal's November 2014 series against Hong Kong (played in Sri Lanka), Sompal, batting tenth, scored 40 runs from 31 balls in Nepal's first innings of 72 all out, which included six fours and two sixes. He consequently set a new record in all Twenty20 matches for the highest score made by a number ten batsman, surpassing the previous figure of 37 runs set by Sri Lankan Pradeep Nishantha in 2007. Sompal and Shakti Gauchan (5*) put on 43 runs for the ninth wicket, the fifth-best ninth-wicket partnership in Twenty20 Internationals.
He was the leading Nepalese wicket-taker in the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia. He picked up 11 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 19.18 and an economy of 4.00. In February 2015, he went Sri Lanka after being recruited by Kalutura Physical Culture Club to play in the Emerging Trophy Tournament, three-day cricket tournament. He played 5 matches and picked up 39 wickets in 8 innings. He took 6 wickets in the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier at an average of 19.83 and an economy rate of 7.00.
In January 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament. In the third match against UAE, he took 4/30 to restrict the opponent to 114 runs.
In July 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for their One Day International (ODI) series against the Netherlands. These were Nepal's first ODI matches since gaining ODI status during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. He made his ODI debut for Nepal against the Netherlands on 1 August 2018.
In August 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament. In October 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad in the Eastern sub-region group for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier tournament.
On 26 January 2019, in the second ODI against the United Arab Emirates, Sompal became the first bowler for Nepal to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI match. In June 2019, he was named in Nepal's squad for the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier tournament.
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