Nepal’s leg spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane left for the Caribbean expecting to lift his franchise in this season’s Caribbean Premier League and stay until the end of the campaign.
Sandeep was not able to complete all the matches for Barbados Tridents last season but the franchise went on to win the title. The Nepali leggie was literally moved after the Tridents claimed the title but missed out on latter stages of the tournament due to national team duty. Sandeep said it was not painful but the trophy celebration was dearly missed.
“I don’t want to call it painful (missing out on being with the champions). That happens to every sports person if you cannot play for your team the entire season. Players do get emotional. We were very much dedicated and the Barbados team was very much unified. We were like a family, the leggie said.
Sandeep will play with a decent Jamaica Tallawahs this season. With this season of the CPL scheduled for August 18 to September 10, he is yet to find out his complete fate in the tournament. He will also be playing in the IPL that begins from September 26 to November 8 in the United Arab Emirates.
As the IPL also puts strict health protocols, it is not clear whether he will join the mandatory 14-day quarantine set for all the participating players. The CPL itself has made 14-day quarantine mandatory.
The Tallawahs squad boats big hitting Andre Russel, Rovman Powell, Carlos Braithwaite to name a few. “There are very much experienced players in Jamaica. They are in better touch than anyone else because cricket has hardly stopped there. We are hopeful that we can win the title,” he added.
Competitive cricket for Sandeep comes after more than four months following the Corona Virus pandemic that halted the world of sports for quite a long time. While other nations are trying to recover from this situation and get the game going, Nepali sports is yet to begin full-fledged training for international games.
The hiatus helped Sandeep release few of his songs as music has been the second best part of his life. “We might have been mentally tired but I would like to call it a good break. I was able to release few songs and its music that freshens me up. Now as cricket is coming back, the excitement has double up for me, he said.
Sandeep also thanked everyone involved at the government level as he had to struggle a lot to get chartered flight to the Caribbean since the pandemic has also hit the international flight operations hard.