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Nepali leg spinner Sandeep signs with Worcestershire for Vitality Blast

Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane added another feather to his cap as the leg spinner was snapped up by Wocestershire Rapids for the upcoming Vitality Blast Twenty20.

Rapids, a team belonging to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, for England’s domestic Twenty20 competition, roped in Sandeep along with Ben Dwarshuis to fill their remaining overseas spot. According to the club, Sandeep will be available for the group stage of the tournament that begins from June 9 to September 18.

The signing of Lamichhane, who is looking forward to his first spell of cricket in England, has delighted head coach Alex Gidman. “Sandeep has played in many tournaments and gained a lot of experience in franchise cricket. He’s a leg spinner, which is a bit of mystery spin we believe we need in our squad in terms of balance, so we are ecstatic with the signing, said Gidman.

“We believe and trust that we have got an excellent squad of players ourselves, and it’s about adding to that squad, rather than getting players to replace players, and add to the balance of the team, which we think we’ve done well. This is his first taste of playing in England, and I’m sure he will do well and have an enjoyable summer with us, the coach added.

This will be Sandeep’s seventh global franchise league participation. He has already spent three seasons of the Indian Premier League, Australian Big Bash League and Caribbean Premier League. He didn’t feature in any of the IPL matches in Twenty20 and was released by the Delhi Capitals franchise before going unsold for 2021 edition of the tournament.

“Absolutely happy to be the part of Worcestershire County Cricket Club family for Vitality Blast. Always heard that county cricket is more than cricket because of it’s culture, decorum and amazing crowd. I look forward to the day where more & more talented players from Nepal will feature in county,” Sandeep wrote on his social media accounts on Thursday.

Sandeep has also played in the Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League and Afghanistan Premier League.

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