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Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman have signed with the Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat respectively for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League (BBL).
Lamichhane will represent the Stars over two separate periods. He will link up with the squad on December 10 before leaving to feature in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on January 5.
Lamichhane will play for the Sylhet Sixers, and the franchise’s coach, legendary Pakistan seamer Waqar Younis, is excited to have the youngster on board.
“I am always for youngsters and good legspinners are a great wicket-taking option,” Younis told ESPNcricinfo. “When I saw Sandeep in early 2017 I knew I wanted to give him a chance. We even called him for Sylhet Sixers in BPL 2017. However, he could not come because of his national duty.
“He is quite special and unique. He has skills, grit, determination and a hunger to make a difference. This makes him a complete package.”
After playing the full season of the BPL, the 18-year-old will return to Australia and be available for the remainder of the Stars’ games.
Lamichhane made history this year by becoming the first Nepalese player to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he represented the Delhi Daredevils.
He then featured in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada.