EPL upgrades Lamichhane, Sheikh to Category A for players’ auction

Kathmandu, October 22

EPL Pvt Ltd has added Sandeep Lamichhane and Aarif Sheikh in Category A for the auction of the Everest Premier League.

The auction of the Twenty20 cricket tournament to be played among six city-based franchise teams is slated for Monday, while the tournament is scheduled for December at the Tribhuvan University Stadium in Kirtipur.

“Lamichhane is an extraordinary talent and has been doing very well for the Nepali team. Hence, it is fair to include him Category A,” said EPL in a release today.

“Sheikh, on the other hand, has been in and out of the national team for the past three years, making him eligible to be promoted to Category A,” the release added. Both Lamichhane and Sheikh were in Category B as per the terms announced by the organisers.

National team cricketers with three years of experience fall under Category A and the price for these players range from Rs 100,000 to Rs 175,000.

Similarly, players with less than three international matches as well as members of U-16 and U-19 teams are in Category B with the base amount of Rs 75,000.

Likewise, players who have been playing at national level tournaments for the last five years have been kept in Category C, with the base amount of Rs 50,000. Out of the 160 players who registered for the auction, the organisers have short-listed 90 cricketers.

Kathmandu Kings XI, Lalitpur Patriots, Biratnagar Warriors, Bhairahawa Gladiators, Pokhara Rhinos and Chitwan Tigers are the six city-based teams in the tournament that offers a cash purse of Rs 2.1 million for the winners.