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Nepali superstar Sandeep's franchise league credentials not enough for US

Aug 13, 2019 | CN Staff |

Sandeep Lamichhane might have played franchise cricket across the world and has a long list of tournaments to boast, but for the United States of America his credentials are not enough.

Sandeep, the only nomadic cricketer who enjoys a superstar status at home, has been rejected visa for the tournament. He had applied for the American visa to compete in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 competition for his second season. Sandeep had never been to America previously and needs to be in the States which is hosting few matches of the CPL which begins from September 4.

The leg spinner has already played two seasons of the Indian Premier League along with Australian Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League among top franchise tournaments. On Tuesday, Sandeep seemed gutted with the reaction and even posted two updates on his twitter mentioning the the official handle of Nepal government named @hello_sarkar which takes note of public complaints.

Sandeep, who will play for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean, also mentioned the official handles of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, US Embassy and Prime Minister. Sandeep said he was "literally speechless to see all this".

This, however, is not the first time that a Nepali cricketer was rejected the US visa. The visa offiers had also rejected visa for national team spinner Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, batsman Dipendra Singh Airee and fast bowling allrounder Karan KC more than a year ago.

The trio had applied for the US visa to participate in a Twenty20 cricket tournament organised by Nepalese in America.


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