Hobart Hurricanes spin bowler Sandeep Lamichhane tests positive for COVID-19

Hobart Hurricanes spin bowler Sandeep Lamichhane has tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks out from the Big Bash League.

Having signed with the Hurricanes last week, Lamichhane revealed he had tested positive for the virus after experiencing “body aches”.

“It’s my sincere duty to tell you all that I have been tested positive for COVID-19,” Lamichhane tweeted on Saturday morning. “I had some body aches since Wednesday. But my health is improving a little bit now. If all goes well, I will return to the field again. Keep me in your prayers.”

The 20-year-old Nepalese cricketer was due to arrive in Australia for his mandatory two-week quarantine in mid-December.

It is now uncertain whether Lamichhane will be available for Hobart’s game against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Sunday, December 27th.

Sandeep Lamichhane of the Stars.Source:AAP

Nepal vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee also tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, while seven members of Pakistan’s squad in New Zealand were also infected with the virus.

Since making his BBL debut for the Melbourne Stars in 2018, Lamichhane has taken 26 wickets at an average of 19.80, combining effectively with Australian tweaker Adam Zampa.

He has represented Nepal in 10 ODIs and 21 T20 internationals, while also competing at T20 tournaments in India, Pakistan, the West Indies and Canada.

Lamichhane joins English powerhouse Dawid Malan, West Indies all-rounder Keemo Paul, South African veteran Colin Ingram and young gun Will Jacks as Hobart’s international imports for the upcoming season.

The Hurricanes will face defending champions the Sydney Sixers in their tournament opener at Blundstone Arena on Thursday, December 10th.

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