Nepal star Sandeep Lamichhane has become the first player from an associate nation to be a part of Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). The 18-year old has signed up with Melbourne Stars for the upcoming season of the league.
The latest deal has further enhanced the leg-spinner’s reputation. In January this year, he created history by becoming the first Nepal cricketer to feature in the IPL. Lamichhane was signed by Delhi Daredevils. He finished his maiden season with 5 wickets in three games at an average of 16.4.
The impressive show soon catapulted his reputation and he became one of the most-sought after players for T20 franchises. He got a contract in Carribean Premier League, the Global T20 Canada, the Bangladesh Premier League before signing up for Melbourne Stars.
And while this will be his first shot at the BBL, he is well aware of playing in Australia. The spinner has the experience of playing grade cricket in Australia in 2016, when he was mentored by Michael Clarke.
Lamichhane first shot to the limelight with his impressive performance in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2016. He finished the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker, picking up 14 wickets including a 5 for 27 against Ireland.
“I first saw Sandeep bowl for Nepal in the Asian U19 Championships in Malaysia and was immediately impressed by both his skill as a wrist spinner and also his energy. I watched Matt bowl for Lancashire in the Vitality Blast this season where he helped them reach the semi finals with some dominant performances,” said Melbourne Stars list manager, Trent Woodhill.
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“Lamichhane had a successful IPL debut for Delhi and bowled well in the CPL. We have high expectations that he will light up the BBL and become a star of the tournament,” he added.
Lamichhane, meanwhile, is likely to play the BBL in two parts. He is expected to join the squad by December 10, after which he will play the entire edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Lamichhane will join Stars on December 10 before flying out to play the full tournament in Bangladesh for Sylhet Sixers starting from January 5. He will then return to Australia for the remaining BBL games.