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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.[1] 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.[2]

Sompal Kami
Personal information
Full nameSompal Kami
Born (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 23)
Turang-8, Salyara, Gulmi, Nepal
NicknameGulmi Express, Som
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
BowlingRight-arm fast bowler
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 10)1 August 2018 v Netherlands
Last ODI28 January 2019 v UAE
T20I debut (cap 10)16 March 2014 v Hong Kong
Last T20I10 October 2019 v Oman
Domestic team information
2015–2015Nepal Army (National League)
2014–2014Jagdamba Giants (NPL)
2015–2015New Horizon (SPA Cup)
2015–2015Kalutura Physical Culture Club
2019-presentWinnipeg Hawks (GT20)
Career statistics
Competition T20I FC LA T20
Matches 15 2 37 15
Runs scored 112 0 336 89
Batting average 16.00 0.00 15.27 17.80
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 40 0 37* 40
Balls bowled 306 156 1,659 276
Wickets 17 3 52 14
Bowling average 21.35 49.00 26.63 22.71
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 2/13 2/8 5/27 2/13
Catches/stumpings 1/– 2/– 8/– 1/–
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.[3] He was #82 ranked T20I bowler in the world, achieving the 316 rating benchmark on 17 July 2015.[4] 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.

Early lifeEdit

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.

He made his first-class debut for Saracens Sports Club in the 2015–16 Premier League Tournament on 26 December 2015 in Sri Lanka.[5]

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Winnipeg Hawks franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[6]

International careerEdit

He made his debut for Nepal against UAE in January 2014.[7] He was subsequently selected in the Nepal national cricket team for the 2014 World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand.[8]

Sompal played six List A matches in the 2014 World Cup Qualifier and took eight wickets – one less than spinner Basanta Regmi.[9] 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.[10]

Sompal picked up five wickets for 47 against Malaysia in the 2014 ACC Premier League in Malaysia, the best bowling figures of his career.[11] He took 15 wickets in the tournament in total and was adjudged the best tourney's bowler.[12] 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.[13] He was the only Nepalese player to be chosen in the Select XI of the tournament by Asian Cricket Council.[14] He took 11 wickets in the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, which Nepal won.[12]

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.[15] Sompal and Shakti Gauchan (5*) put on 43 runs for the ninth wicket, the fifth-best ninth-wicket partnership in Twenty20 Internationals.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

In January 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 ICC World Cricket League Division Two tournament.[20] In the third match against UAE, he took 4/30 to restrict the opponent to 114 runs.[21]

In July 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for their One Day International (ODI) series against the Netherlands.[22] These were Nepal's first ODI matches since gaining ODI status during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier.[23] He made his ODI debut for Nepal against the Netherlands on 1 August 2018.[24]

In August 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament.[25] 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.[26]

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.[2] 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.[27][28]


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  4. ^ "Mens T20 - Player Rankings". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
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  6. ^ "Global T20 draft streamed live". Canada Cricket Online. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
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  8. ^ "Sompal selected for Worldcup". Cricnepal. 8 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, 2013/14 - Records - Most wickets - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
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  13. ^ "Cricket Records - Records - Asian Games Men's Cricket Competition, 2014/15 - Most wickets - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  14. ^ Administrator. "ACC ANNOUNCES ASIAN GAMES SELECT XIs".
  15. ^ Records / Twenty20 matches / Batting records / Most runs in an innings (by batting position) – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  16. ^ Records / Twenty20 Internationals / Partnership records / Highest partnership for the ninth wicket – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Cricket Records - ICC World Cricket League Division Two, 2014/15 - Records - Most wickets - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  18. ^ "Four cricketers to play in Sri Lanka".
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  22. ^ "Nepal spinner Shakti Gauchan to retire after Netherlands tour". ESPN Cricinfo. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Nepal thrash PNG to secure ODI status". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  24. ^ "1st ODI, Nepal tour of England and Netherlands at Amstelveen, Aug 1 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Nepal announce squad for Asia Cup Qualifier, fixtures decided". The Himalayan. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Exciting battle on the cards in the ICC World T20 Asia Qualifier B in Malaysia". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Nepal's 14-member squad announced for ICC World T20 Asia Finals". Khabarhub. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  28. ^ "Sharad back in the team, Jora, Bhim left out". Cricketing Nepal. Retrieved 30 June 2019.

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