Lamichhane is the first cricketer from Nepal to play the Indian Premier League Image: Instagram
Nepal’s teenage spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane’s rapid rise in international cricket continues as he is named in the International Cricket Council’s World XI squad to take on the West Indies in a charity T20I on May 31.
The match will be played at the iconic Lord's in London to raise funds for the Caribbean stadia ravaged by hurricanes last year.
The 17-year-old Lamichhane, who is mentored by former Australian captain Michael Clarke, is currently playing in the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils.
Lamichhane will join a star-studded line-up comprising Eoin Morgan (captain), Shahid Afridi, Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shoaib Malik, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera and Luke Ronchi.
The West Indian squad includes the likes of Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell, among others.
Lamichhane was spotted by the then Nepal coach Pubudu Dassanayake in 2014. He first represented Nepal at the 2016 U-19 World Cup and took 16 wickets in the tournament.
He claimed 17 wickets in six World Cricket League Division Two matches in Namibia earlier this year and then followed it up with 13 wickets at the World Cup Qualifier in March to help Nepal earn ODI status till 2022.
Success continued to follow Lamichhane when he became the first Nepal player to be picked in the IPL. He was signed up by the Delhi Daredevils.
Reacting to his inclusion in the ICC World XI, Lamichhane said, "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 trendsetters 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."
(With inputs from PTI)