Thursday, June 13

Sandeep Lamichhane to become 8th youngest cricketer to lead national team

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Leg spinner of the Nepali national cricket team Sandeep Lamichhane is all set to debut at the captain of the team during a four-nation T20I series match of Nepal against Oman on Friday.

Lamichhane is leading the national team at the age of 21 years 193 days, making him the eighth youngest cricketer to take charge of the national team. Malaysia’s youth wicketkeeper batsman Barandeep Singh holds the record of the youngest captain of the national team at 20 years 190 days in T20I. He achieved the feat in 2019.

Lamichhane, on the other hand, has moved ahead of New Zealand’s prolific skipper Kane Williamson in terms of age in leading the national team. Williamson, who is considered as one of the best captains in the world, had made his debut as the skipper of the Kiwis against West Indies in 2012 at the age of 21 years 328 days.

Lamichhane is behind Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan who made his debut as the captain at the age of 20 years 359 days. Prior to Lamichhane, Paras Khadka and Gyanendra Malla had led the national team in T20I matches.

Lamichhane, who rose of fame in the 2016 U-19 World Cup, has featured in the money-spinning Indian Premier League as well as Australia’s Big Bash and has finally gained the captaincy of the national team after six years into the game. Cricket Association of Nepal had named him as the skipper on December 15 after taking disciplinary action against the then captain Gyanendra Malla.

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