Biswajit Manna

Cricket has not gained the status of a global sport yet. But the game is spreading fast across the world. More countries have started playing cricket off late. Asia has long been known as a cricket powerhouse. Many countries of the region like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka have dominated the cricket world. Bangladesh has gradually come a long way. They are no longer considered as minnows. Nepal is one more Asian country that is spreading its wings in the cricket world. More than the team, the Himalayan country’s young leg-break bowler Sandeep Lamichhane has taken the cricket world by storm. Along with his rise, Nepal has also been able to leave its mark in international cricket. The country is yet to gain Test status. But they have been regularly playing limited-overs cricket. And Sandeep Lamicchane has played an important role in the team’s success.

Sandeep Lamichhane with his first coach Raju Khadka. Photo Source: Twitter

The talented Nepal player is a regular face in various T20 leagues across the world. He has taken part Indian Premier League (IPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL), and Abu Dhabi T10 League. Lamichhane has so far played six ODIs and 18 T20Is and taken 43 international wickets. He has changed the face of cricket in Nepal. Now more youngsters from the country are taking to the sport by seeing their hero Lamicchane. “Nepalese cricket has been affected by some internal administrative problems in the past 3 or 4 years, but I am glad to say that we are moving ahead rapidly and all the players are now much happier and much more motivated than before,” he said recently during an interview. Lamicchane added, “The future of Nepal cricket is bright as the players have a proper system to progress and if we can now improve our infrastructure further then the sky is the limit for us.”

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