Sandeep Lamichhane enters players’ draft for ‘The Hundred’Lamichhane is the only Nepali cricketer to enter the draft with a base price of £100,000
Nepali spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has entered the players’ draft for The Hundred, a new 100-ball cricket tournament to be played in England from July 17 to August 16 next year.
Lamichhane is the solitary Nepali cricketer to be included in the draft under the foreign players’ category. His base price has been set at £100,000. He is one of the 25 overseas players with a base price of £100,000 or more. The draft has been scheduled for October 20 in London.
Stocks of the spinner, who has regularly featured in popular Twenty20 tournaments including the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash, Pakistan Super League and Caribbean Premier League among other cricket leagues around the planet, will only soar if he is selected for the tournament.
The Hundred is a cricket tournament with newly-formed eight city-based teams from the United Kingdom participating in it. The eight competing teams will be based in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Cardiff, Southampton and London, which will have two teams. The tournament was originally envisioned as a Twenty20 tournament but with competitions of Twenty20 format already prevailing, England Cricket Board (ECB) decided to shorten the format to attract new fans.
As per the game format announced by the ECB, there will be 100 balls per innings and a change of ends after ten balls. A bowler can bowl either five or 10 balls and can bowl a maximum of 20 balls per game. Cricket’s biggest names, with exception from current Indian internationals, including Steve Smith, Eoin Morgan, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Shakib Al Hasan, David Warner, Kane Williamson have made themselves available for the draft. Each team will be able to select a maximum of three overseas players.