Nepal’s spin wizard Sandeep Lamichhane will join the Worcestershire Rapids for this year’s Vitality Blast.
Vitality Blast is a professional Twenty20 cricket competition for English and Welsh first-class counties.
Lamichhane, the 20-year-old leg-spinner, has represented various franchises across the globe. He has played for Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League, Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes in Big Bash League, Sylhet Sixers in Bangladesh Premier League, Nangarhar Leopards in Afghanistan Premier League, and Lahore Qalandars in PSL, will be experiencing for the first time in English pitches.
The signing of Lamichhane, who is looking forward to his first spell of cricket in England, has delighted Head Coach Alex Gidman; he said, “Sandeep has played in many tournaments and gained a lot of experience in franchise cricket.
“He’s a leg spinner, which is a bit of mystery spin we believe we need in our squad in terms of balance, so we are ecstatic with the signing.
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“We believe and trust that we have got an excellent squad of players ourselves, and it’s about adding to that squad, rather than getting players to replace players, and add to the balance of the team, which we think we’ve done well.
“This is his first taste of playing in England, and I’m sure he will do well and have an enjoyable summer with us.
Sandeep will reunite with Worcestershire batsman Riki Wessels after they played together for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.
Worcestershire Rapids won the Vitality Blast T20 Final back in 2018 against Sussex Sharks. They will kick off this year’s tournament against Notts Outlaws on June 10.