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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane named in ICC World XI to face West Indies at Lord's

Teenage leg-spinner made his IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sandeep Lamichhane, right, made his Indian Premier League debut for Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Altaf Qadri / AP Photo
Sandeep Lamichhane, right, made his Indian Premier League debut for Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Altaf Qadri / AP Photo

Sandeep Lamichhane has been named in the ICC World XI to play against West Indies at Lord’s on May 31.

The 17-year-old leg-spinner became the first cricketer from Nepal to play in the Indian Premier League when he debuted for Delhi Daredevils against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the weekend.

He has been added to a World XI squad that includes the likes of Shahid Afridi, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan for the Twenty20 international.

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Proceeds from the match will be used to redevelop the stadia in the Caribbean, which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.

“It is an honour for the entire country and passionate followers of Nepal cricket, as well as an indicator that we are making our mark on the international game,” Lamichhane was quoted as saying, in an ICC press release.

“Training, sharing the dressing room and playing with some of the trend-setters who we saw on television while growing up is something I look forward to. This is an opportunity for me to learn and improve, and I am committed to cashing in on this.

“What can I say about Lord’s, it’s the Home of Cricket, it’s a complete history of cricket and a dream venue for any cricketer. To play there in 2016 was a memorable occasion, which I look forward to reliving later this month.

“I hope I will continue to get opportunities in future which, in turn, will help me improve my skills as well as my country to strengthen its position on the world cricket map.”