Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane is out of the inaugural edition of The Hundred where he was to represent Oval Invincibles due to visa-related issues. The 20-year-old couldn’t take part in the Vitality Blast for similar reasons.
Tabraiz Shamsi was named as his replacement
Sandeep has been in the UK since July 9 and completed his mandatory quarantine in a government-managed facility. But since his visa issue is not yet cleared, the leg-spinner has been asked to leave the country as soon as possible by the ECB.
In a video he shared in his Facebook account, Lamichanne said he was gutted to miss out on The Hundred but was upset that ECB didn’t give a correct answer so as to what is wrong with his Visa situation. The youngster added that he has adhered to all the “instructions given to me by ECB officials”.
“When I applied for the Tier 5 visa, I was told that one Certificate of Sponsorship [COS] would be enough for my gig at Vitality Blast and the Hundred. Due to COVID-19 situation, there was a delay in my visa and Worcestershire pulled out but it was again communicated to me by officials that as long as I come into the UK before July 10, I would be okay as my COS was still active,” Lamichhane said.
“I came in the UK by July 9, had no issues whatsoever at the immigration and moved into the government managed quarantine facility to complete my quarantine. On July 18, two days before my quarantine completion, I was told by ECB that may visa is not valid and I have to leave the country ASAP. I have been asking what went wrong but apparently no-one at the ECB have the correct answer. I can totally understand that things can go south at any time, however I at least deserve a clear answer on why my valid visa is not valid anymore,” he added.
“I left a lot to be part of this exciting tournament and totally pray and wish the best for all teams out there. I always got love from the lovely people of UK and I would urge ECB to look into the matter so that no-one else has to go through this ordeal. I can also feel for my people who were so looking forward to my participation in this amazing tournament. There will be better days ahead,” Sandeep concluded his video.
“We are really disappointed that Sandeep isn’t able to play in the first edition of the Hundred due to visa issues. We hope cricket fans will be able to see him in action in the competition in the future,” An ECB spokesperson quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo
The No.1 T20I bowler in the world, Tabraiz Shamsi
was announced as the replacement for Sandeep Lamichhane in the Oval Invincibles
squad. Shamsi, who has been in great form in the T20I format for South Africa will be available for Invincibles’ group games. He is currently in Ireland representing South Africa in the T20I series.