Nepal legspinner to make first appearance in Vitality Blast

Worcestershire have announced the signing of Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane as one of their overseas players for the Vitality Blast.

Lamichhane, 20, first came to attention at the 2016 U19 World Cup and has been a regular on the global T20 circuit since becoming the first Nepali player to be signed for the IPL in 2018. He has taken 125 wickets in 96 T20 appearances, with an economy of 6.79.

This will be his first stint in England, having also featured in the Big Bash, Pakistan Super League and Caribbean Premier League, among others.

“Sandeep has played in many tournaments and gained a lot of experience in franchise cricket,” Worcestershire’s head coach, Alex Gidman, said. “He’s a legspinner, 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.

“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.”

Worcestershire, Blast winners in 2019, have also recruited Australian left-arm seamer Ben Dwarshuis, with both overseas players set to be available throughout the tournament’s group stage.

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