Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane will become the first player from an Associate country to play in the Big Bash League
Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane will become the first player from an Associate country to play in the Big Bash League

Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane will become the first player from an Associate country to play in the Big Bash League after being signed up by Melbourne Stars for the upcoming Big Bash League season, starting December 19.

The 18-year-old had earlier made history by becoming the first Nepal cricketer to feature in the IPL when he was signed by Delhi Daredevils and went on to play in various T20 leagues across the globe including the Caribbean Premier League,  Global T20 Canada, Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Premier League.

He played three matches in the IPL 2018 claiming five wickets. Lamichhane will be available for for the first two weeks of the BBL before going to Bangladesh for the BPL. He will back for the remaining BBL games.

Lamichanne had played a pivotal role in Nepal gaining ODI status claiming 13 wickets in the ICC World Cup qualifiers.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan played in the BBL in 2017, but after Afghanistan had been granted from membership by the ICC. His Fellow spinner, Mujeeb ur Rahman will feature for the Brisbane Heat in the upcoming season.