Star cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane has joined Melbourne Stars for the upcoming Big Bash League season, multiple sources confirmed. Sandeep, 18, will play for Melbourne Starts in two stints. Lamichhane will join the squad by December 10 and move to play the full season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on January 5, and then will return to Australia for the remaining BBL games. He will be the first player from an Associate country to play the BBL. Lamichhane, however, has experience of playing grade cricket in Australia in 2016, when he was mentored by Michael Clarke. The Pakistan fast-bowling great Waqar Younis has monitored Lamichhane’s progress closely. Waqar now coaches Sylhet Sixers, and the team recently signed up Lamichhane for the upcoming season of the BPL, according to espncricinfo.com.
Lamichhane first came to the limelight at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, where he was the second highest wicket-taker with 14 scalps in six games. Earlier this year, Lamichhane took 13 wickets in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, playing a pivotal role in helping Nepal gain ODI status for the first time. He was also named in the World XI squad that faced West Indies at Lord’s on May 31, in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge match. In January, Lamichhane made history by becoming the first Nepal cricketer to feature in the IPL when he was signed by Delhi Daredevils. Soon after, he was a well-sought entity in T20 leagues around the world, landing a contract in the CPL, the Global T20 Canada, the BPL and now the BBL.