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Sandeep named in a star-studded World XI team

May 16, 2018 | Parbati Lama |

Nepali leg spin prodigy Sandeep Lamichhane has been added to the World XI for a Twenty20 International Charity Match against West Indies to be held at the Lord’s on May 31.Sandeep has capped a memorable year after making an impressive debut in the Indian Premier League representing his franchise Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore last Saturday. The spot in the World XI squad is another big achievement for the leggie who has achieved a lot ever since he was introduced to Nepali cricket three years ago.

Sandeep will now play under England captain Eoin Morgan in the Twenty20 match and will team up with Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, India’s Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya, New Zealand Luke Ronchi and Mitchell McClenaghan, Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.

The World XI side also included another Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib Al Hasan but the allrounder withdrew his name due to personal reasons. ICC said it will soon name a replacement for Shakib.

The West Indies squad will include Twenty20 great Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, 2016 ICC World Twenty20 final hero Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree.

Sandeep will be taking to the Lord’s for the second time having previously played for the senior national team in a 50-over match against Marylebone Cricket Club two years ago. “What can I say about Lord’s, it’s the Home of Cricket, it’s a complete history of cricket and a dream venue for any cricketer. To play there in 2016 was a memorable occasion, which I look forward to reliving later this month. I hope I will continue to get opportunities in future which, in turn, will help me improve my skills as well as my country to strengthen its position on the world cricket map,” Sandeep told the ICC.  

Sandeep said being in the World XI team was a huge honour for him. “I am privileged to have been chosen to be part of the ICC World XI against the Windies. 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,” the 17-year old bowler said.


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