KATHMANDU: Nepal wrist-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been included in the ICC World XI squad against West Indies at Lord’s in England on May 31, ICC said.
The charity match is being organised to support re-development of the stadia in the Caribbean, which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.
Lamichhane will play alongside England’s Eoin Morgan (captain), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Dinesh Karthik (India), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Shoiab Malik (Pakistan), Hardik Pandya (India), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka) and Luke Ronchi (New Zealand) against the likes of Chris Gayle, Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell among others.
Reacting to the news of his inclusion in the ICC World XI, Lamichanne said, “I am privileged to have been chosen to be part of the ICC World XI against the Windies. It is an honour for the entire country and passionate followers of Nepal cricket, as well as an indicator that we are making our mark on the international game.”
“Training, sharing the dressing room and playing with some of the trend-setters who we saw on television while growing up is something I look forward to. This is an opportunity for me to learn and improve, and I am committed to cashing in on this,” Lamichhane said in a media released by the ICC today.
Leggie Sandeep Lamichhane is currently playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League and will play in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament in the summer.
He was picked by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for a fee of USD 5,000 during the CPL auction in London.
Earlier, leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was spotted by then Nepal coach, Sri Lanka born Canadian Pubudu Dassanayake, in 2014 at a trial camp in Chitwan district.
Lamichanne, who is immensely talented, first represented Nepal in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016; ever since, he has not looked back.