Sandeep Lamichhane delivered impressive performance in ICC U-19 World Cup (Photo Courtesy: Twitter; @paras77 )
Sandeep Lamichhane delivered impressive performance in ICC U-19 World Cup (Photo Courtesy: Twitter; @paras77 )

The 16-year-old leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane from Nepal has received an invitation from former Australia captain Michael Clarke to represent Sydney-based club Western Suburbs. In addition to this, Lamichhane will also be training at the Clarke’s cricket academy in Sydney during his season-long stay in Australia. Lamichhane had an impressive run in the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh which was held earlier this year. The club has stated that the Nepalese community in the Western Suburbs area will assist Lamichhane to settle in Sydney, and he will stay with a local family. Lamichhane was the second highest wicket-taker in the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year with 14 wickets, he bowled an impressive bowling spell of 5 for 27 against Ireland. His performance also earned him praise from former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne.

The club Western Suburbs, had a press release which said that Clarke told ESPNCricinfo, “I had recognised Sandeep’s outstanding potential during his short stint as a player an mentor in Hong Kong earlier this year. Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game. It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy. I am looking forward to working with him and all the boys and girls that will attend the 5-day live in camp starting September 26th.”

“Sandeep will fit in well at my club, Wests have always gone out of their way to look after the younger players and he will be a great asset to the club this summer” he added.