May 16, 2018-Nepali leg spinning sensation Sandeep Lamichhane has been named in the ICC World XI to play a special fund raising Twenty 20 match against West Indies in Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood in London on May 31.
International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday said that Lamichhane has also been named in the World XI team.
The fund collected from the match would be donated for the restoration of the Jamesh Ronald Webster Park ground in Anguilla and Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica which were damaged by the Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.
This is the first time that a Nepali player has been selected in the World XI team.
Lamichhane is the first cricketer from Nepal to feature in an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise when Delhi Dardevils bought the 17-year-old leg-spinner for a base price of INR 2 million (Rs 3.2 million).
Lamichhane had played a match against Marylebone Cricket Club of England from the Nepali national team in July, 2016. He claimed one wicket in the match.
Nepal are set to compete in a T20 triangular series against the Netherlands and MMC at Lord’s in July.
In his ILP debut on May 12, Lamichanne put on a brilliant performance for Delhi Daredevils claiming a wicket and giving just 25 runs from his four overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. His side Delhi, however, lost the match against Bangalore by 5 wickets.
The World XI team, coached and managed by Andy Flower and captained by England skipper Ian Morgan, will include Pakistani all-rounder Sahid Afridi and batsman Shoaib Malik, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera. Also Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh karthik, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, hardik Pandya, Luke Ronchi will also be in the team. While, Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has opted out of the match citing personal reasons.
Meanwhile, the West Indies team will be captained by Carlos Brathwaite and will include Chris Gayle, Samuel Badri, Andre Fletcher, Rayad Emrit, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Dinesh Ramdin, Rovman Powell, Andrew Russell, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams among other players.