Sandeep Lamichhane in IPL 2021 auction for ₹ 40 lakh

Sandeep Lamichhane

Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal’s premium leg-spinner, has been slotted in the tenth bracket of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction with a base price of INR 40 lakh rupees ( US$ 55 thousand approx.)

India’s cricket board (BCCI) confirmed on Thursday that Lamichhane has been listed in the tenth bracket, along with Tejas Baroka (India), K.C Cariappa (India), M Siddharth (India), Karanveer Singh (India), Jagadeesha Suchith (India), and Midhun Sudhesan (India).

The IPL 2021 Player Auction list has been released by BCCI with a total of 292 cricketers set to go under the hammer in Chennai on February 18th, 2021. One thousand one hundred fourteen cricketers had initially registered for the auction. The final list was then pruned after the eight franchises submitted their shortlists of players.

This year’s auction will have 164 Indians, 125 overseas players (including 35 Australians), and three from the Associate Nations. Ali Khan from the USA and Karthik Meiyappan from the UAE are the other two players from Associates. UAE’s Fast bowler Ali Khan has been slotted in Set 17 with a base price of INR 40 lakh whilst leg-spinner Karthik’s base price has been set for INR 20 lakh, respectively and placed at the 18th set.

Eight cricketers were recommended by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) for the 2021 IPL auction. However, Lamichhane’s name was only shortlisted on Thursday. Sandeep had played IPL for three seasons with the Delhi team. He played three games in his first season and picked up three wickets. Likewise, in 2019, he got six matches and bagged eight wickets.

However, in 2020, he didn’t make it to playing XI, as the spin-heavy Delhi team had the likes of India’s Ravichandra Ashwin, Axar Patel and Amit Mishra, who were the favourites for the team management.

On January 20, 2021, Delhi Capitals released Sandeep Lamichhane along with five players and retained 19 players.

Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell are among eight overseas, and two other Indian players who’ve been slotted in the highest bracket of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction with a base price of two crore rupees.

The annual tournament is set to be played between April and May this year.

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