December 31, 2020 : Nepali leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane will play his first game of the season in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia on Saturday. After a 14-day mandatory quarantine period, he will play his first game against his old club, the Melbourne Stars. His manager Raman Shivakoti informed that Lamichhane is sure to play against Melbourne Stars. Lamichhane, a member of the Hobart Hurricanes, lost six of his first games this season due to coronavirus infection.
Lamichhane was delayed in going to Australia to play in the Big Bass League due to infection from Corona while still in Nepal. Manager Shivakoti informed that he was deprived of playing the first six games as he had to stay in quarantine for 14 days even after arriving in Australia. He was released on quarantine on Wednesday. Hobart is preparing to play its seventh game. Hobart are third in the eight-team Big Boss with four wins and two losses in six games so far.
Sandeep Lamichhane went to Australia on November 16 to play Big Bass. Manager Shivakoti said that he started regular practice after the quarantine period. Saturday’s game to be played by Lamichhane will start at 12 noon Nepali time. He is about to play in the Big Bash League for the third time.
Sandeep Lamichhane had previously played for the two-time Big Bash Melbourne Stars. In those two seasons, he played a total of 20 games and took 26 wickets. Lamichhane flew to Australia after recovering from a corona infection while attending closed-door training for the national team.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 10: Sandeep Lamichhane of the Stars is congratulated by his teammates after taking a wicket during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 10, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images/Getty Images)