Sandeep Lamichhane’s availability for Hundred opening rounds in UK in doubt over visa issuesThe leg spinner is awaiting clearance to play for Oval Invincibles. Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals are contesting at The Oval on Thursday in the opening match.
Nepal’s leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who is in the United Kingdom, is a doubt for the opening games of the Hundred due to visa issues.
According to ESPNcricinfo, a sports news website exclusively for the game of cricket, Lamichhane is due to play for Oval Invincibles in the competition on a £60,000 deal.
But his availability is now uncertain.
The Hundred is a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament involving eight men's and women's teams located in major cities across England and Wales. The tournament has been delayed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The competition's opening matches are between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals at The Oval, with the women's fixture on July 21 before the men's on July 22.
ESPNcricinfo said that Lamichhane's agent confirmed that Monday was the ninth day of a mandatory 10-day quarantine period he spent in a government-approved hotel.
But despite being allowed into the country on a Tier 5 visa, he is not permitted to play in the Hundred as things stand, the website reported
"At the moment, we're unsure," Sam Billings, the Invincibles' men's captain, told ESPNcricinfo. "I obviously heard that today and fingers crossed he can get here. It's been a difficult time for a lot of players with the various restrictions and things around the world. Hopefully that can get resolved [because] he's a special talent. If not, back to the drawing board."