Nepal’s leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who is part of the Oval Invincibles is doubtful for the opening games of The Hundred due to visa issues.
Lamichhane was signed by the Invincibles on a deal of £60,000 to play the full-fledge 100 ball tournament but his availability is now uncertain due to visa issues
The competition’s opening matches are between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at The Oval, with the women’s fixture on July 21 before the men’s on July 22.
The leg spinner’s manager confirmed that Monday (19 July) was the ninth day of a mandatory 10-day quarantine period he spent in a government-approved hotel.
Visa haults Sandeep’s participation in the tournament
But despite being allowed into the country on a Tier 5 visa, he is not permitted to play in the Hundred as things stand.
The 20-year old was also supposed to partake in the ongoing Vitality Blast T20 tournament but was forced out of the deal after his visa got delayed.
Sam Billings, the captain of the Oval Invincibles stated that his side is hopeful of having the services of Sandeep Lamichhane because he’s a wonderful talent.
“At the moment, we’re unsure. I obviously heard that today and fingers crossed he can get here. It’s been a difficult time for a lot of players with the various restrictions and things around the world. Hopefully, that can get resolved [because] he’s a special talent. If not, back to the drawing board,” Sam Billings said.
Lamichhane has an excellent record in 20-over cricket. In 101 games, he has claimed 138 wickets at a strike rate of 15.90 and an economy rate of 6.86. According to few sources, it is believed that World’s number 1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi will replace Sandeep in the Oval squad.
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