Ahead of the 11th season of the Big Bash League (BBL), Hobart Hurricanes have roped in Sandeep Lamicchane. The Nepal leg-spinner will be playing his second successive season for the franchise. He played eight games for them during the last season. He is the club’s first international player signing for BBL 11.
The Nepali spin specialist, who has previously represented Melbourne Stars in the tournament for two seasons, joined the Hurricanes in BBL|10. He took eight wickets across all the eight matches he played, his best figures being 2-24.
“I am looking forward to returning to Australia and playing with the Hurricanes again this year,” Lamichhane, who will be available for the entirety of BBL 11, said in a statement. “I really enjoyed my time with the Hurricanes last season, so I’m excited that I will be there for the whole tournament this year.”
Australian all-rounder James Faulkner has failed to sign a new contract with the franchise and thus won’t be participating for Hurricanes this year. The announcement comes at the back of the recruitment of Gold Coast all-rounder Josh Kann. The right-arm pacer Kann has previously represented Australia at Under 19 and Queensland at Under 23 level.
Faulkner didn’t play the majority of the games in the last two editions due to editions. As it turns out, he has now parted ways with the franchise.
“It’s a tough thing, we were very keen to keep James on the Hurricanes’ list this year, but we’ve played a lot of cricket without him over the past two years,” Hurricanes head coach Adam Griffith told the Cricket Australia website.
“Jimmy’s had a lot of injuries and hasn’t spent a lot of time on the park but when he has, he’s been really good.
“Our bowling group has done a really good job over the last three years with the locals we’ve been able to build up. We’ve obviously got Riley Meredith and Nathan Ellis who were with the Australian team, and Scott Boland was our player of the year last year and is just a seasoned campaigner.
“That’s not to say Jimmy hasn’t played a role in that over the last few years. But we’re looking forward with the list we have and we know that it will be a list we’re really happy with, and we’re looking forward to starting the season.”
Hobart Hurricanes Squad: Scott Boland, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Peter Handscomb, Caleb Jewell, Josh Kann, Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Mitch Owen, Joel Paris, Wil Parker, D’Arcy Short, Matthew Wade, Mac Wright
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