Nepalese leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has been included in ICC World XI squad for charity T20I against Windies at Lord’s on May 31. Meanwhile, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has withdrawn due to personal reasons.
After being named in the squad, excited Lamichhane 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.
“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,” he added.
Lamichhane became the first Nepalese to play Indian Premier League this month. He played one match for Delhi Daredevils so far. The leggie also helped Nepal gaining ODI status for the first time.
Windies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams, Samuel Badree
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com