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Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been included in the ICC Rest of the World XI squad for the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge charity match against the West Indies at Lord’s on May 31.
The 17-year-old is one of the young up and coming talents in world cricket and recently made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut with the Delhi Daredevils, where he finished with figures of 1-25 off his four overs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Lamichhane, who is the first Nepalese player to secure an IPL contract, is the latest player to join the ICC Rest of the World XI squad, which includes captain Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Tamim Iqbal.
“I am privileged to have been chosen to be part of the ICC World XI against the Windies,” he was quoted as saying by the Lord’s website. “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.
“What can I say about Lord’s, it’s the Home of Cricket, it’s a complete history of cricket and a dream venue for any cricketer. To play there in 2016 was a memorable occasion, which I look forward to reliving later this month. I hope I will continue to get opportunities in future which, in turn, will help me improve my skills as well as my country to strengthen its position on the world cricket map.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has withdrawn from the charity match due to personal reasons. His replacement has yet to be announced.
The one-off Twenty20 International will help raise funds for five cricket grounds in the Caribbean that were damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria – James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium, Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and Carib Lumber Ball Park in St Maarten.