BPL 2019: Sandeep Lamichhane all set to turn out for Sylhet Sixers
Lamichhane will play alongside David Warner in the Sixers setup.
Updated - Oct 26, 2018 5:15 pm
Shortly after bagging a lucrative BBL contract, Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has joined the Sylhet Sixers for the upcoming edition of the BPL. Earlier this month, the Melbourne Stars confirmed that they’ve roped in the youngster for the 2018-19 BBL.
The 18-year-old will have to juggle between the two T20 leagues – he will join the Stars’ squad by December 10 and will be available for matches, before leaving to play the full season of the BPL on January 5. He will subsequently return to Australia for the remainder of the BBL games.
Lamichhane made history in January this year by becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to be bought by an IPL team. He was snapped up by the Delhi Daredevils in the mega-auction ahead of the 2018 edition of the IPL. It didn’t take him long to become a sought-after commodity in T20 leagues around the world. Lamichhane has already been plying his trade in the Caribbean Premier League and the Global T20 Canada.
Lamichhane’s journey from Nepal boy to global T20 star
In November 2015, a fifteen-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane was recruited to play for the Kowloon Cantons at the inaugural edition of the Hong Kong T20 Blitz which would kick off the following year. It was there that he caught the attention of former Australia captain Michael Clarke. Highly impressed by the spinner’s talent, he invited Lamichhane to come to Sydney for the following Australian summer to play club cricket.
The Sylhet Sixers were very pleased to have Sandeep on board, and their CEO Yasir Obaid welcomed the Nepal star. “We believe he is a player of great impact especially when it comes to T20 cricket. He is a player with wealth of experience when it comes to handling the pressure of Twenty20 cricket and we are excited to have him in our dressing room,” he said as quoted by Cricbuzz.
The youngster first came to the limelight during the 2016 Under-19 World Cup held in Bangladesh, where he finished as the second highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps in six games. Earlier this year, the leggie bagged a total of 13 wickets in the ICC World Cup Qualifier and was instrumental in helping Nepal gain ODI status.