Sandy’s mid-season flight to Bangladesh prompts call for increased salary cap


5 February 2019: Sandeep Lamichhane aka Sandy is back in Australia, a country where the teenage sensation undoubtedly feels the most at home while away from home.

Two separate Facebook posts by Melbourne Stars demonstrated just how excited the Australian club is to have the Nepalese youth back in the country. After all, he is the magic man of the hour. The club is undoubtedly relying on Mr Lamichhane to turn up the heat against Brisbane Heat this Friday.

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The 18-year-old marquee player landed in Melbourne this afternoon, his club announced on Facebook. Melbourne Stars posted footage of Mr Lamichhane’s highlight BBL moments before he left for Bangladesh in the middle of the season. “Hands up if you’re pumped to see more of this on Sunday!” – the club’s Facebook status read. The videos show a massive presence of Nepalese crowd at the MCG.

Sandeep Lamichhane’s absence from the BBL has prompted his captain, Glen Maxwell, to question if Australia should increase the BBL salary cap so that it could attract and retain key international players like the Nepalese teenager. Mr Maxwell, as a recent sportingnews.com.au report showed, clearly hated to have lost his favourite Nepalese man in the middle of the Big Bash League just because international players get paid better overseas.

“I think the Pakistan Super League, the Emirates league, could start to take our overseas players and the Bangladesh Premier League’s obviously got Sandeep throughout the middle of our tournament,” he was quoted as saying.

The leg-spinner, who is Nepal’s national player, became a TV sensation in Australia after he captivated his fans by taking eight wickets from his four games. In Hobart, playing against Hobart Hurricanes, he took three wickets (Matthew Wade, Alex Doolan and Ben McDermott) while giving away only 24 runs out of his four overs.

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