Former Australian captain Michael Clarke was so impressed with Sandeep Lamichhane’s performance during the recently-concluded Hong Kong T20 Blitz that he invited the 16 year old Nepalese spinner to play club cricket in Australia, Nepal’s largest national daily Kantipur Dainik reported today.
“Mr Clarke has proposed to play cricket with his academy, he asked about my availability for that, I told him September,” Kantipur quoted the budding cricketer as saying.
“It is a massive opportunity for me to play for Michael Clarke Cricket Academy, it will be a great experience, I will learn a lot,” he was further quoted as saying by the daily.
The young cricketer told media that Michael Clarke has offered to pay for his return airfare to Australia and as well as take care of all expenses during his stay in Australia. He has even offered to write a visa letter, the report said.
Mr Lamichhane is eyeing the Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, the Big Bash League. Mr Clarke reportedly told him that if he keeps playing good cricket then he can certainly play the Big Bash.
The Australian legend and the Nepalese cricketer played for the same team during the Hong Kong T20 Blitz – the Kowloon Cantons, which own the tournament.
Describing his experience of sharing the dressing room with Michael Clarke, the Nepalese cricketer said, “I cannot even describe my experience of sharing the dressing room with Michael Clarke. He taught me a lot of things.”
It was not only Sandeep Lamichhane who was in awe during the Hong Kong Blitz. Mr Clarke, it seems, was equally impressed with his cricket. He mentioned the young cricketer in his tweet on May 30, “I will see you very soon buddy.”
The Nepalese young man and the Australian star were the only two players to play for Kowloon Cantons.