Sandeep Lamichhane, a Nepali leg spinner and globetrotting T20 sensation, has withdrawn from the Vitality Blast, a leading Twenty20 competition in England, slated to begin on June 9 due to his inability to obtain a visa to leave Nepal.
Despite the fact that the competition is almost two months long, Lamichhane will be unable to participate due to quarantine restrictions in the United Kingdom. With his visa application delayed, he had no choice but to withdraw from the competition, as he would miss six to seven games.
Worcestershire County signed Lamichhane for the T20 event, but he has been replaced by New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi.
This is not the first time he has had to deal with this problem. Last year, when he was scheduled to play in the Caribbean Premier League, he struggled to obtain a visa for the United States, where a portion of the competition was held. His visa was first denied, but after public anger, he was allowed permission to compete in the competition.
He attempted to seek assistance again this year, but his attempts were futile because he needed to leave Nepal by May 27 to compete in the event. However, because the British Embassy in Nepal does not issue visas and all documentation must be sent to the British High Commissioner in New Delhi, the procedure took longer than he had hoped.
Lamichhane expressed his disappointment and hurt at not being able to play on his Facebook page.
“The government does not value athletes like us,” he remarked while speaking to his supporters on Facebook live.
Despite receiving his visa on Friday, he stated that it was too late because he had been released by the country for the competition.
Lamichhane is still scheduled to compete in The Hundred, a 100-ball cricket tournament set to begin on July 21 in England. In the competition, he will represent the Oval Invincibles. Following that, he will play for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.