PSL 2019: Lahore Qalandars' Sandeep Lamichhane relishing prospect of playing in Karachi

Waseem Ahmed 17:04 09/03/2019
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Lamichhane has arrived in Karachi. Image credit - @lahoreqalandars/Twitter.

It has been a gala atmosphere at Karachi with the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) arriving on Pakistan soil for the business end of the tournament including the final.

The ongoing edition has seen several overseas stars headlined by Quetta Gladiators’ opener Shane Watson make a beeline for Karachi for the final leg of the tournament. It is simply the biggest gathering of foreign players on Pakistan soil for the PSL ever since the league came into existence in 2016.

One of the overseas stars making his presence felt in Pakistan is Lahore QalandarsSandeep Lamichhane. The Nepal leg-spinner has now become a household name after his displays in various franchise T20 leagues around the globe including the Indian Premier League.

Now playing in his maiden PSL campaign, Lamichhane is delighted to have been handed the opportunity of playing in front of Pakistan cricket fans at Karachi.

“It is lovely to be here, great atmosphere in Karachi. I think cricket going to be back in Pakistan. I am super excited to be playing here and give my best for the team,” the Nepalese sensation told Geo TV.

“Really excited to see our posters on road, people were waving at as soon we stepped out of the airport. It made me felt good.

“It is for Pakistan, Lahore or Karachi. It will be good for Pakistan cricket and I hope people here will also come to support us.”

After an indifferent start to his Qalandars’ stint, Lamichhane has been turning heads with his recent displays including career-best T20 figures of 4-10 in the clash against Quetta Gladiators in Dubai.

“My one of the best performances are in PSL, credit to all the management and support staff of Qalandars, their contribution towards me is very good, they backing me in a positive manner so that I can give my 100 per cent and give my best,” the Nepal starlet explained.

Lamichhane and Lahore will be in action on Friday as the Karachi leg of the 2019 PSL gets under way at the National Stadium. The Qalandars are up against defending champions Islamabad United in what is a must-win clash for the side with regards to their play-off ambitions.

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