Nepal’s teenage spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was named in the ICC World XI squad to take on the West Indies in a charity T20 International on May 31.
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan has withdrawn from the game due to personal reasons, the ICC stated on Wednesday.
The 17-year-old Lamichhane, who is mentored by former Australian captain Michael Clarke, is currently playing in the Indian Premier League for the Delhi Daredevils.
Reacting to his inclusion, Lamichhane said: “It is an honour for the entire country and passionate followers of Nepal cricket, as well as an indicator that we are making our mark on the international game.
“Training, sharing the dressing room and playing with some of the trend-setters who we saw on television while growing up is something I look forward to. This is an opportunity for me to learn and improve, and I am committed to cashing in on this,” he added.
Lamichhane will join a star-studded line-up that has Eoin Morgan (captain), Shahid Afridi, Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shoaib Malik, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera and Luke Ronchi against the ICC World T20 champion side.
The West Indian squad includes the likes of Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell among others.
Shakib’s replacement will be announced soon, the ICC stated.
The charity match will be played at the iconic Lord’s in London to raise funds for Caribbean stadia ravaged by hurricanes last year.