Sandeep picked in World XI
Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane became the latest addition to the ICC Rest of the Word XI squad which will take on the West Indies in the Hurricane Relief T20I at Lord’s on May 31.
The 17-year-old prodigy had recently become the first Nepalese player to play in the IPL after he was given his debut by Delhi Daredevils in the loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
While Lamichhane has been added to the Rest of the World XI squad, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has decided to withdraw. He will join a star-studded line up which includes the likes of Eoin Morgan, Rashid Khan, Shahid Afridi, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya and Shoaib Malik among others.
The charity T20I match at Lord’s is being held to raise funds for the cricket venues damaged by the multiple hurricanes which swept the Caribbean region last year.
Lamichhane expressed his delight at being picked for the special occasion, saying: “It is an honour for the entire country and passionate followers of Nepal cricket, as well as an indicator that we are making our mark on the international game.
“Training, sharing the dressing room and playing with some of the trend-setters who we saw on television while growing up is something I look forward to. This is an opportunity for me to learn and improve, and I am committed to cashing in on this.”
For now, the wrist-spinner is putting Nepal on the cricketing map and judging by his debut performance, his future looks extremely bright.
Rise and shine: Sandeep Lamichhane.