Sandeep Lamichhane to Lose the Upcoming Matches in BBL 11

Sydney, The newly appointed Nepal national cricket team captain Sandip Lamichhane will be out of the scene in the rest of the matches in Big Bash League (BBL)11. Sandip who has been playing for Hobart-based Hobart Hurricanes is heading to his homeland Nepal to join the national team all set to participate in the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier scheduled to be played in February (17-24) 2022 in Oman.

Fixtures of 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier

Global Qualifier will be contested by eight teams that advanced from their regional finals. The eight teams are divided into two groups. In Group 2 Nepal is playing against Canada, Oman, and the Philippines. In Group 1 Bahrain, Germany, Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates will be contesting against one another. The group champions, selected to play in the final of the Global Qualifier, will advance to the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in October and November 2022 in different cities in Australia.

Hobart Hurricanes squad for #BBL11.
Hobart Hurricanes squad for #BBL11.

The team manager Raman Shiwakoti informed that Sandeep would join the closed camp training session soon after his arrival in Nepal. Last month, when the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) took disciplinary action against the former Nepali National Cricket captain Gyanendra Malla, Sandeep Lamichhane was appointed as the captain of Team Nepal. Sandeep said pensively, “Unfortunately, this marks the ending of my game in this season in BBL. I hope to come back to play in the next season and I am grateful to the Hobart Hurricanes for the support and help.”

Sandeep’s performance in the last match in BBL 11

A right-arm leg-spin bowler, Sandeep Lamichhane took 14 Wickets in 14 innings this season. In the last match played by Sandeep played against his former team Melbourne Stars, his performance was not encouraging. He leaked 52 runs from four overs against Melbourne Stars without taking a wicket.

Records Set in the History of the BBL

Melbourne Stars set records in the historic win. A stunning 154* (22 fours and 4 sixes), the highest score in the history of BBL, for Melbourne Stars captain and opener Glenn Maxwell powered his team to a mammoth total of record-breaking 273 (the highest score in the history of the BBL) storming to a huge 106 run win over Hobart Hurricanes in the match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Hobart Hurricane’s Position in the BBL Ladder

Despite the loss in the last match, Hobart Hurricanes has earned the BBL finals spot. It holds the third position with 17 points behind Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers both standing at 21 points. However, on the basis of net run rate (NRR) Sydney Sixers the defending champions top the chart.
Sandeep will miss the 5 playoff Big Bash Final matches. Since the 2019-20 Big Bash Season, the final system has been known by the BBL Playoffs that include four playoff matches before the title match. The playoffs comprise five matches: an Eliminator, a Qualifier, a Knock-Out, a Challenger, and a final or decider. The Big Bash League season 2021–22 (BBL 11) started in 5 December will end on 28 Jan 2022.

The Big Bash League is an Australian franchise Twenty20 cricket competition launched by Cricket Australia in 2011. From its inauguration edition, the tournament has KFC as the official sponsor. Each team can include two overseas players. Since its inception, the tournament has been sponsored by KFC, a fast-food chicken restaurant.  As Big Bash League includes overseas players, its popularity and goodwill are growing with every edition passing.

Sandeep’s Record in the International Leagues

At the age of 18, as one youngest member of the Nepalese national team, Sandeep Lamichhane was the first Nepalese to play in the much-reputed cricket tournament ‘The Big Bash League 2018-19’ held in different cities of Australia. As one of two overseas players, the shining and rising Nepali cricketer was contracted for the Melbourne Stars for the season 8th Season of BBL. He also has the distinction of being the first Nepalese player to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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