This post was originally published on All Out Cricket on January 30th, 2017.
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A leg-spinner with all the tricks. Lamichhane says his idol is Shane Warne but it’s the attention of Michael Clarke that he’s caught; the former Aussie skipper sponsored the Nepalese youngster to spend a season playing for Western Suburbs, his Premier Grade cricket club, and to attend the Michael Clarke Cricket Academy.
“Sandeep has a lot of talent, there’s no doubt about it,” says Clarke, “but I think he offers a hell of a lot more than that, and that’s why I’ve done whatever I could to try and get him to Sydney.”
Lamichhane showed off his skills in Nepal’s impressive run to the quarter-finals of the 2016 Under 19 World Cup, taking five wickets, including a hat-trick, against Ireland. He finished the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker, with a haul of 14 at 17.07.