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Sandeep, Sita best in NCCS-CPAN Cricket Awards

Mar 05, 2019 | CN Staff |
Leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and women's national team vice-captain Sita Rana Magar have been honoured with the NCCS-CPAN Cricket Awards player of the year on Tuesday. 

In a ceremony at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Sandeep was adjugded the male cricketer of the year in Nepal's first ever cricket award ceremony. In doing so, Sandeep got the better of his own national team captain Paras Khadka, teammates Dipendra Singh Airee, Karan KC and Sompal Kami.  

Sandeep has amassed a total of 84 wickets from 32 matches collectively for the senior and U-19 teams. He was adjudged the player-of-the-series in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia and has been a key factor in Nepal's progress as a One Day International nation. 

The award carried a cash purse of Rs 132,000. Busy currently with the Pakistan Super League in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sandeep was an absentee in the ceremony and Paras took the award on his behalf. 

Sita took the female cricketer of the year award following her fine performance in the Thailand Women's Twenty20 Smash that ended in January. It was the only event considered for the selection of nominees in the category. Indu Barma, skipper Rubina Chhetri, Karuna Bhandari and Sarita Magar were the other nominees. 

Rohit Kumar Paudel was named the emerging cricketer of the year after he shot to the fame through the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia where he had scored in crunch situations. He also became the youngest ODI half century maker in the history beating the likes of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi achieving the feat during the second of the three-match ODI series against the UAE. 

Karan KC won the moment of the year award for his magical performance against Canada in the Division 2 in Namibia that laid the foundation for Nepal to become an ODI nation. In a must-win match when Nepal were reeling at 144-9, Karan shared 51 runs for the last wicket with Sandeep to make 42 runs and ultimately take Nepal across the finishing line. 

Komal Pandey was honoured with the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the game. Barring the male player of the year award, other winners received Rs 66,000 each. The ceremony was marked by stand-up comedy from actor Sandeep Chhetri, live performance from singer Dharmendra Sewan and cultural performance from the students of National College for Comuter Studies (NCCS).

NCCS were the title sponsors of the award ceremony.  


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