Lamichhane lured back to Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL

Lamichhane lured back to Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL

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Nepal legspinner set for his second consecutive season in Hobart after playing two seasons with Melbourne Stars

Hobart Hurricanes have re-signed Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane for the upcoming BBL season.

Lamichhane joined Hurricanes last season after playing in the previous two BBL tournaments with Melbourne Stars. His eight-game stint in the BBL in January is the only franchise cricket he has played in 2021.

“I am looking forward to returning to Australia and playing with the Hurricanes again this year,” Lamichhane said. “I really enjoyed my time with the Hurricanes last season, so I’m excited that I will be there for the whole tournament this year.

“We had a great group of players last year, and a lot of us will still be playing together this year too. Being there for the whole season I’m hoping I can personally put together some strong performances and contribute to the team having a successful year.”

The 21-year-old was ruled out of the Hundred and the Vitality Blast in England this year due to a visa issue that left him frustrated with the ECB.
He signed with Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL in May but is not taking part in the tournament starting on Friday.

Lamichhane is the only overseas player contracted at Hurricanes so far as BBL franchises are struggling to lure overseas talent to Australia, with the mandatory strict 14-day hotel quarantine upon entry into the country and the length of the tournament the main sticking point for players.

Hurricanes have also signed former Perth Scorchers left-arm seamer Joel Paris to bolster their attack.

Hobart Hurricanes squad: Scott Boland, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Caleb Jewell, Josh Kann, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Mac Wright