KATHMANDU, Dec 14: Ganesh Shahi, former captain of the Nepali National cricket team, died of liver problems in India on Friday. He was 40.
Shahi led the Nepali national team during the ICC Trophy (World Cup Qualifier) in 2001 in Canada. He was a regular member of the Nepali national squad since 1996 to 2001.
According to LB Chhetri, another former captain, Shahi passed away at 5:30 on Friday morning in Lucknow, India. Shahi had been residing in Bahraich, India since the past couple of years. He was receiving treatment at the Vivekanand Hospital for liver-related problem.
Shahi was the wicketkeeper of the Nepali national squad, when it played the first official international match in 1996 during the First ACC Trophy.
"Shahi was the best Nepali wicketkeeper I have seen," said former captain Pawan Agrawal. "We played together in the national side under each other´s captainship. He was good behind the wickets. As a captain, I used to rest faith on him for the duty behind the wicket. He was equally useful with the bat," he added.
"More importantly, he was a team-player and better human being," said Agrawal.
Shahi played 14 One-Day matches for Nepal and scored 226 runs with the average of 22.60. His highest score was 68 runs against the UAE at Sharjah in 2000.
Shahi played for Banke District and Region No 5 (Nepalgunj) in the domestic tournaments. He was the captain of Region No 5 in 2058 BS, when the regional concept was introduced for domestic tournaments for the first time.
Meanwhile, Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) observed two minutes silence to mourne the demise of Shahi before the Friday´s matches of the Pepsi Standard Chartered One-Day National Cricket Tournament.