By a Staff Reporter
Kathmandu – Nepal’s star bowler Sompal Kami has been forced to withdraw from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers due to an injury, resulting in young pacer Kishore Mahato being selected as his replacement in the squad.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has officially announced Sompal’s departure from the tournament. Kishore Mahato, who was already with the Nepali team in Zimbabwe, had not initially been included in the final 15-member squad. However, following Sompal’s unfortunate elimination, Kishore will take his place.
Sompal sustained the injury during Nepal’s first CWC Qualifier outing against Zimbabwe last Sunday. In the 34th over, Zimbabwean batsman Sean Williams hit a powerful shot that struck Sompal’s right-hand thumb as he attempted to stop it. He received two stitches on his thumb and has been unable to play since then.
Kishore Mahato is well-known for his fast bowling abilities, particularly in the death overs. Unfortunately, Nepal’s campaign to qualify for the World Cup has already come to an end. They suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe in the first match and faced a significant 101-run loss against West Indies in the third match. Nepal managed to secure a six-wicket victory over America in the second match, but it was not sufficient to advance further. Their dream of playing in the World Cup was ultimately shattered when they were defeated by the Netherlands by seven wickets in their final group-stage match.