Nepal news September 6, 2016

Nepal legspinner Lamichhane set to train with Clarke in Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sandeep Lamichhane impressed during the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year © International Cricket Council

Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane, 16, has received an invitation from former Australia captain Michael Clarke to represent the Sydney-based club Western Suburbs. In addition, Lamichhane will also train at Clarke's cricket academy in Sydney during the course of his season-long stay in Australia.

A press release from Western Suburbs, that was later tweeted by Lamichhane, stated that Clarke "had recognised Sandeep's outstanding potential" during his short stint as a player and mentor in Hong Kong earlier this year. Apart from conducting a coaching camp with the Hong Kong men's and women's teams, Clarke also featured in the country's inaugural T20 tournament for a Kowloon Cantons side that also included Lamichhane.

"Sandeep is a fantastic young man who enjoys his cricket and is extremely passionate about the game," Clarke was quoted as saying in the release. "It is a really exciting opportunity to have such a talented Nepalese cricketer travel this distance to come and test his skills and improve his game at my academy. I am looking forward to working with him and all the boys and girls that will attend the 5-day live in camp starting September 26th.

"Sandeep will fit in well at my club, Wests have always gone out of their way to look after the younger players and he will be a great asset to the club this summer."

The club stated that the Nepalese community in the Western Suburbs area will assist Lamichhane in settling into Sydney, and he will stay with a local family.

Lamichhane was the second-highest wicket-taker at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year, with 14 wickets and a best of 5 for 27 against Ireland. His performance also earned him praise from former Australia legspinner Shane Warne.

Clarke and Lamichhane will both feature in Western Suburbs' first match of the season against Mosman on September 24 in Sydney.

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  • David on September 9, 2016, 0:48 GMT

    It's interesting to note from the Wests letterhead that former Australian fast bowler Dave Gilbert is also still involved with his old club. It is nice that young Sandeep will get to play on the same home ground as former legends like Alan Davidson and Bobby Simpson. There remains a great deal to like about Aussie grade cricket. Most clubs have former high level players who put in sterling work.

  • binod kumar on September 8, 2016, 11:11 GMT

    Salute to Clark.big player with big heart.we Nepalese cricket fan always loves of luck sandeep...give your best...

  • Peter on September 7, 2016, 9:27 GMT

    Giving something back to the game that made, especially at grassroots level is certainly worthy of kudos. Well done Clarkey, we have a few former West players at our club & they say nothing but positives about his level of commitment to his club.

  • rob on September 7, 2016, 8:32 GMT

    It's good to see Clarke is still involved at club level. Playing with someone of his class can only hep his club mates and lift the bar in grade cricket. A lot of players stop playing all together after a career as long and successful as his. Kudos to him for sticking around and putting something back in to the game.

  • azeem-6059075 on September 7, 2016, 7:26 GMT

    This is an opportunity many would die for. Congrats to the young man & hope he makes maximum use of his stay in Australia. Also yes, it would be great if such opportunities are given to other associate players.

  • MRIDUL on September 7, 2016, 4:01 GMT

    Gesture like this makes Clarke what he is - A Legend ! A once in a lifetime opportunity for our brightest prospect. Give it all you have Sandeep.

  • udendra on September 7, 2016, 3:59 GMT

    This is a very nice deed by Clarke. Wish him a brilliant career ahead!

  • Neranjan on September 7, 2016, 3:27 GMT

    It is very nice to give an opportunity for Nepal cricketer !!! and a very nice gesture from Michael Clark.

  • Craig on September 7, 2016, 3:25 GMT

    Awesome move! Imagine if all grade clubs or their equivalent around the world took just one such player each under their wing for a season or two, think of the possibilities that might open up for these emerging nations!

  • Sharada on September 6, 2016, 18:17 GMT

    Congrats Sandeep. Hope you get to play for bigger team someday.

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