Teenage Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will continue his remarkable cricketing journey from Sydney First Grade to the international stage when he takes the field for the ICC World XI against the West Indies at Lord’s on 31 May.
The 17-year-old prodigy from Nepal – who claimed nine wickets in seven matches for Western Suburbs in the 2016/17 McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition – will join a star-studded side to take on the men from the Caribbean in the T20 International at the home of cricket, including England One-Day International captain Eoin Morgan, former Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi and fellow leg-spin sensation Afghanistan and Adelaide Strikers bowler Rashid Khan.
The match will mark the debut of Lamichhane at the T20 International level and will be the second time the young man from Nepal will play at Lord’s. He played for Nepal in its first ever match at the hallowed ground in July 2016 against the MCC aged just 15.
Lamichhane returned 1-25 as the visitors successfully defended 8/217 after they dismissed the hosts for 176.
The teenager was recruited to Western Suburbs in 2016 after former Australian captain Michael Clarke identified his tremendous potential whilst playing and coaching in Hong Kong and his cricketing journey has since taken him to the heights of the Indian Premier League.
After his debut match for Western Suburbs against Mosman in September 2016, Clarke told the media that it was his love of the game that most impressed him about Lamichhane.
“It was how much he wanted to train, he wanted to bowl in the nets, he wanted to be a part of the team when we were in Hong Kong together, then I went and faced him in the nets and that added to it,” Clarke said in 2016.
“He’s got a beautiful action, spins the ball, but it’s his mind that I like.”
“For a 16-year-old boy, this kid’s very smart.”
Interview with Sandeep Lamichhane and former Australian and Blues captain Michael Clarke after debut match for Western Suburbs in 2016.
Lamichhane made his debut in the IPL on May 12. He claimed 1-25 from his allotted four overs for the Delhi Daredevils against the Royal Challengers Bangalore playing alongside the likes of Sydney Sixers opening batsman Jason Roy and New Zealand opening bowler Trent Boult.
He followed that performance with impressive displays against the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians where he claimed 1-21 and 3-36 respectively.
The leg-spinner was spotted by then Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake in 2014 and first appeared on the International scene for Nepal during the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in 2016.
He was the second leading wicket-taker and claimed 14 wickets at the impressive average of 17.07 including best figures of 5-27.
Lamichhane made his List A debut for the Nepalese national side just two months later against Namibia in Kirtipur, Nepal. He took 1-37 in that limited-overs match.
In six ICC World Cricket League Division Two limited-overs matches in Namibia earlier this year, Lamichhane took 17 wickets and followed this up with 13 wickets during the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in March to help Nepal finish eighth and with it earn ODI status until 2022.
Since making his international debut in 2016, he has collected 42 one-day wickets for his country at 17.9.