[caption id="attachment_711507" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-711507" alt="Sandeep Lamichhanne Delhi Daredevils" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Lamichhane.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Sandeep Lamichhane was picked by DD for IPL 2018 Delhi Daredevils[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Kathmandu: </strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India">Indian</a> Prime Minister Narendra Modi batted for cricket on Saturday and highlighted the role of a professional Twenty20 cricket league in India in strengthening people-to-people ties between India and Nepal. Modi, who began his two-day visit to the Himalayan nation on Friday, pitched for "more sports" engagement in future to "connect" the two countries. "Today we are connected by cricket as a Nepali boy is a part of Indian Premier League (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/IPL">IPL</a>)," Modi said, referring to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sandeep-lamichanne">Sandeep Lamichhane</a>, who became the first cricketer from Nepal to land an IPL contract when he was picked by Delhi Daredevils team at the players auction in January. <p></p> <p></p>The 17-year-old leg-spinner, who rose to prominence with a successful outing at the 2016 U-19 cricket World Cup, where he guided Nepal to a creditable eighth place, was sold at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. "This connection with cricket will strengthen our people to people ties &amp; I hope there are more sports through which we can connect," Modi said at a civic reception civic reception held in the capital Kathmandu to honour him. <p></p> <p></p>Modi arrived in Kathmandu on Friday and held discussions with his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli on boosting bilateral ties.