Sandeep Lamichhane’s dream run continues as he was picked up by the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots (SKNP) for the Carribbean Premier League 2018.
SKNP named Sandeep in 13th round of the player draft for USD 5,000. He will join the likes of captain Chris Gayle, Australian Ben Cutting, Bangladeshi Mohd Mahmudullah, Tom Cooper and Zimbabwean Graeme Cremer among others from August 8 to September 16.
SKNP which finished sixth in 2015 and 2016 was the runners-up in 2017.
Former West Indies all-rounder and coach Phil Simmons is the coach of SNKP.
After being picked-up, Sandeep tweeted:
Excited to be announced as the player of @sknpatriots for this season of @CPL ! Thanks to @sknpatriots team for showing your faith in me ! And thanks to all the fans and well wishers for your love and support. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/1QtM0Ge0z6
— Sandeep Lamichhane (@IamSandeep25) March 1, 2018
SNKP welcomed Sandeep:
— SKNPatriots (@sknpatriots) March 1, 2018
Meanwhile earlier, talking to International Cricket Council (ICC) in Zimbabwe, where he to preparing to play the World Cup Qualifiers 2018 for Nepal, Sandeep said: “I don’t run for the name and fame. Everywhere, be it in Nepal or outside, I just remind myself of the hard work that I have put in over the last few years.
“I just want to keep myself simple and calm. I have worked hard for these moments, and I have a long way to go. I am just taking it as an opportunity to make my country proud.”
“Back home everyone is praying for our success,” said Sandeep. “We know it is very tough to make the World Cup, because only two teams will make it.
“We are just pushing ourselves and working hard day-by-day and just trying to get in good shape. It is our dream to play the Cricket World Cup and hopefully we will make it.”
“To get a chance to play in the World Cup Qualifier is huge,” he said. “We have worked hard for this, have put in a lot of effort back home. Not just me, everyone is confident. We beat UAE in the warm-ups earlier, and this will give a boost to all the players.”