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 Meanwhile, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has withdrawn due to personal reasons.
The World XI, led by Eoin Morgan, will have Tamim Iqbal as the only Bangladeshi. Apart from the English captain, Luke Ronchi and Mitchell McClenaghan, all are Asian.
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.
World XI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Shahid Afridi, Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shoaib Malik, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera, Luke Ronchi, Sandeep Lamichhane
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