Nepal’s star leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane said he was hurt and had to go through a lot after no one came forward to ease the process of getting to England for his participation in the Vitality Blast, a premier Twenty20 competition in England.
Sandeep was roped in by Worcestershire County for the competition that is scheduled to begin from June 9. The leggie, however, will now not be able to join the tournament after visa delay forced him to pull out of the tournament.
Nepal, hit hard by Corona Virus pandemic particularly because it shares open border with regional giants India, has not been functioning smoothly as the country is going through a strict lockdown.
Sandeep said he needed to get on board on May 27 for a flight to UK to make sure he makes it on time after 15 days of quarantine but his visa process was delayed.
“I know these are trying times but we still have flights coming to Nepal from India (to speed up the visa process from New Delhi High Commissioner office for UK). I even cried for help from the concerned authorities but no one came forward. This is very hurting,” Sandeep said while going live from his official Facebook page.
On May 25, Sandeep had asked for help from his Twitter account mentioning Foreign Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, British Embassy, British Ambassador to Nepal and Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation.
Sandeep said this was not the first time that he had to go through such ordeal. “When I had applied for the visa of United States, I was misbehaved and only got the visa after a lot of struggle. Why we players have to be tested so much? The country says athletes are big assets of our country but does it really matter? Its not only about me but this is a general problem athletes have to go through,” he added.
“My contract for the Vitality Blast is now cancelled and I cannot participate in the tournament anymore. But what sort of impression will I end up leaving on the franchise that I was supposed to play for? You have been saying that I can open doors for other players as well, but this will end the doors for myself,” Sandeep spilled out his frustration.
The only Nepali cricketer with a globetrotting career, Sandeep has also been roped in to play The Hundred, a new format of cricket England has introduced and is looking to launch this season. He was also bought by defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders for this season of the Caribbean Premier League.