Nepali spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has returned home after facing visa issues to play the inaugural ‘The Hundred’, organized by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), which started on Thursday.
Sandeep, who arrived in London ten days ago, returned to Kathmandu on Thursday via Turkey Airlines. Sandeep was scheduled to play The Hundred from the Oval Invincibles. Earlier, The Invincibles signed Sandeep for a sum of £60,000.
Lamichhane reached London on July 9 and completed his mandatory ten-day quarantine, Sandeep was told that he would not be allowed to play The Hundred on the visa he had arrived in England for.
On July 18, just two days before the quarantine completion, he was told by ECB that his visa is not valid and he has to leave the country ASAP.
“I have been asking what went wrong but apparently no one at the ECB has the correct answer. I can totally understand that things can go south at any time, however, I at least deserve a clear answer on why my valid visa is not valid anymore,” Lamichhane said.
As per ESPNCricnfo, the ECB spokesperson has expressed his disappointment to see Sandeep miss out on the first edition of the Hundred due to visa issues.
“We are really disappointed that Sandeep isn’t able to play in the first edition of the Hundred due to visa issues. We hope cricket fans will be able to see him in action in the competition in the future,” ECB Spokesperson said.