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Nepal tweaker Lamichhane added to ICC World XI squad

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wrist-spinner was on Wednesday added to the ICC squad for the May 31 T20I against the


The match will be played at Lord's and all the proceeds will be used to redevelop the stadia in the which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.

Lamichhane, 17, will join a star-studded line-up, which also comprises (captain), Shahid Afridi, Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shoaib Malik, Hardik Pandya, and against the ICC World Twenty20 champion side, which includes the likes of Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, and

was spotted by then in 2014 and first represented in the ICC Under19 World Cup 2016 in which he took 16 wickets.

In the historic MCC versus Nepal match at Lord's in July 2016, had figures of one for 25 as the visitors successfully defended 217/8, bowling out the hosts for 176 in 47.2 overs.

Lamichhane claimed 17 wickets in six ICC World League Division Two matches in earlier this year in February and then followed up with 13 wickets in the ICC World in March to help Nepal finish eighth and with it earn ODI status until 2022.

Success continued to follow for Lamichhane when he became the first Nepal to be picked in the IPL 2018 auction when he was signed up by Delhi Daredevils.

He justified his selection when he returned figures of one for 25 on his debut against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers

Reacting to the news of his inclusion in the ICC World XI, Lamichhane said: "I am privileged to have been chosen to be part of the ICC against the Windies. 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.

"What can I say about Lord's, it's the Home of Cricket, it's a complete history of cricket and a dream venue for any To play there in 2016 was a memorable occasion, which I look forward to reliving later this month.

"I hope I will continue to get opportunities in future which, in turn, will help me improve my skills as well as my country to strengthen its position on the world cricket map," he added.

Meanwhile, star has withdrawn from the match due to personal reasons and his replacement will be announced soon.



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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 16:08 IST