CPL 2018: Nepalese young talent Lamichhane excited to be playing alongside Gayle, Lewis

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It won’t be long until Sandeep Lamichhane turns 18, and he has already packed a lot into his cricketing career. He has played for his country 25 times, he has made his T20 International debut for the ICC World XI at Lord’s, he has played for the Delhi Daredevils at the IPL. Now he is going to be joining the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Sandeep Lamichhane in action

“We are growing the game in every part of Nepal,” Lamichhane told cplt20.com. “We are now ODI status and we’ve secured ODI status for four years. We are looking forward to make an impact on the international arena so that we can be in the Test playing nation very soon.”

The first ODI that Nepal will play will be against the Netherlands in early August, just before the CPL gets underway. Lamichhane is very excited about those matches.

Lamichhane was also delighted with his IPL experience, saying it gave him a real boost to have been playing on such a massive stage.

It’s always good playing with some legends, playing with big names. It is a big achievement for me and for Nepal cricketers. I’m just looking forward to keep remaining [at this level]. Playing three matches [at the IPL], it gave me a lot of good confidence and I hope I will continue on the same form.”

Looking forward to the Hero CPL, Lamichhane said he would follow the tournament as a fan in the past and now he is looking forward to playing at the Biggest Party in Sport.

I used to follow CPL from the beginning and I’ve been selected for St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. It’s a big achievement for me, and again a good challenge for me ahead. I hope I’ll make it count, to play with big names, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis it will be a good booster for me.”

Chris Gayle was the captain for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in CPL 2017  – CPL T20 / Getty

According to cplt20.com, the Hero CPL draft was streamed worldwide over Twitter and Facebook and watched by millions around the world. Almost all of the comments on those streams were from excited Nepalese fans who were hoping to see Lamichhane drafted. He says he got a lot of messages as well.

I was in Zimbabwe then, I was playing World Cup qualifiers and I got lots of messages from well- wishers. By the time I got selected for the CPL everyone was so happy and they were cherishing all these moments.”

When asked what he wants to get out of his Hero CPL experience Lamichhane said he just wants to improve every time he takes the field.

I just want to grow my cricket every time so that I can help Nepal cricket to go on a good high range of cricket. The journey has been good so far and I would like to keep it on the same form so that I can help Nepal cricket.”

The CPL tournament runs from 8 August to 16 September.

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