Nepal’s only globetrotting cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane is finally leaving for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after his team managed to fix a chartered flight to the Caribbean.
Sandeep’s participation in franchise Twenty20 competition was in limbo as the star leg spinner was not able to book flights for the franchise competition which begins from August 18. With the CPL organisers setting a strict health protocol in which the visiting cricketers must go through a 14-day quarantine once landing in Trinidada & Tobago, the tournament venue, time was running out for him.
His manager Raman Shiwakoti, also the Nepali national team technical analyst, said he will board a chartered Korean Air flight at 10:00 AM on Thursday before reaching his destination on August 1. Lamichhane will be representing Jamaica Tallawahs.
Sandeep was fetched by the Tallawahs for a whopping price of US$ 130,000 and will join big hitting West Indian Andre Russell along with Carlos Brathwaite, Rovam Powell, Chadwick Walton, Oshane Thomas and Fidel Edwards.
Sandeep, who has been a primary toast of Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash League, has already featured in two editions of the Indian Premier League. He has also played the Pakistani Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Afghanistan Premier League, Global Twenty20 Challenge in Canada and Dubai T10 League.
The 20-year old previously played for Barbados Tridents and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in his first two seasons getting amongsts the wickets in both the editions. He has so far picked up 15 wickets in the first two editions.
Jamaica Tallawahs Squad: Andre Russell, Sandeep Lamichhane, Carlos Brathwaite, Rovman Powell, Tabraiz Shamsi, Glenn Phillips, Chadwick Walton, Oshane Thomas, Asif Ali, Fidel Edwards, Preston McSween, Andre McCarthy, Nicholas Kirton, Jeavor Royal, Nkrumah Bonner, Veerasammy Permaul, Ryan Persaud