Sandeep Lamichhane urges ICC to introduce more teams in 2019 World Cup
The young cricketing sensation of Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane has brought forward his thoughts that the ICC need to increase the number of teams in World Cup. He wants the world board to allow the Associate Nations – to get a better chance of competing at the highest level.
The 17-year-old Lamichhane and his teammates scripted history when Nepal bagged an international status at the World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe.
The upcoming World Cup scheduled to be played at the England and Wales in 2019. It will house 10 teams which include Windies and Afghanistan. The two teams qualified to the main round through the World Cup Qualifiers.
Scotland and Zimbabwe missed out narrowly and experts from all over the world have voiced their opinion against the hesitance of ICC to expand the sport.
Lamichhane is the first Nepalese player to bag a contract in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is of the opinion that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should give more opportunities to rising teams.
“Every player from every country dreams of playing (in) the World Cup,” Lamichhane was quoted as saying by News 18.
“ICC should have increased the number of teams so that every player gets a chance to play (in) the World Cup and grow their cricket to the top level,” Lamichhane said.
Lamichhane has come along a long way from being an associate nation to eye big.
Delhi Daredevils bought him the auction for $318,000 in the mega-auction in January.
Shane Warne has praised Sandeep Lamichhane. The promising youngster coached by none other than the great Ricky Ponting.
“He is a fantastic player from his era to now and it’s a precious moment to share a dressing room with him,” Lamichhane said of Ponting.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult and No. 1 bowler in the world Kagiso Rabada.
“The difference is experience, we don’t get to play those big games. We don’t get that kind of exposure,” he said.
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