Sandeep Lamichhane snapped by Oval Invincibles in The Hundred
Sandeep Lamichhane is the only Nepali player in the draft and one of 25 foreign players with a base value of £ 100,000. Nepali star spinner Sandeep Lamichhane added another wing to his glittering cricket career after being selected by the Oval Invincibles in the players’ draft.
This will be the 20-year-old sensation’s 10th franchise-based cricket competition had played in Indian Premier League, Big Bash, Caribbean Premier League, Afghanistan Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Global T20 Canada, Hong Kong T20 Blitz, and Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Lamichhane was signed for the tournament for £ 100,000 (around Rs 14.71 million). He was the only Nepali player in the draft and one of 25 foreign players with a base value of £ 100,000. The amount surpassed his previous highest gross of $ 70,000 from Barbados Tridents of the Caribbean Premier League earlier this year.
Sunil Narine, Sam Curran, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, and Tom Curran among others will be his companions for Invincibles. Cricket’s biggest names, with the exception of current Indian internationals, had made themselves available for the draft by cricketers including Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Shakib Al Hasan, David Warner, and Kane Williamson. Gayle and Dwayne Bravo of the West Indies, South African bowler Kagiso Rabada, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi were among the big names unsold.
Originally from Chitwan, Lamichhane surrounded the world by storm when he became the fifth player in ICC Under-19 World Cup history to take a hat-trick. His stardom rose further after being selected for the Indian Premier League in 2018 by the then Delhi Daredevils. After a short season in the IPL, a second term with the Delhi Capitals led to a worldwide money-spinning league.
The Hundred is a cricket tournament recently conceptualized, consisting of eight city-based teams from the United Kingdom. These eight teams are based in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff, Southampton and London, which will have two teams. The tournament was originally viewed as a Twenty20 tournament but with the already existing Twenty20 format competitions, the England Cricket Board (ECB) decided to shorten the format to attract new fans.
According to the game format announced by the ECB, there will be 100 balls per innings after ten balls and a change at the end. A bowler can bowl five or 10 balls and can play a maximum of 20 balls per game. Each team was given the freedom to select a maximum of three foreign players.
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