BBL 11: Hurricanes Retain Lamichhane’s Services
The Hobart Hurricanes have signed Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane for the 11th season of the Big Bash League. It will be his second season with the Hurricanes, having appeared in the final eight games of the tenth edition of the BBL.
“I am looking forward to returning to Australia and playing with the Hurricanes again this year,” Lamichhane said in a statement. “I really enjoyed my time with the Hurricanes last season, so I’m excited that I will be there for the whole tournament this year.”
Hurricanes Parted Ways
Meanwhile, James Faulkner has left the Hurricanes. The announcement follows the signing of Gold Coast all-rounder Josh Kann. Despite several rounds of talks, the pace-bowling all-rounder, who has only played 12 of the 29 games in the last two seasons due to injuries, has yet to reach an agreement with the club on contract terms. “It’s a difficult thing, we were very keen to keep James on the Hurricanes’ list this year, but we’ve played a lot of cricket without him over the last two years,” Hurricanes head coach Adam Griffith told Cricket Australia.
“Jimmy’s had a lot of injuries and hasn’t spent a lot of time on the park but when he has, he’s been really good.
“Our bowling group has done a really good job over the last three years with the locals we’ve been able to build up. We’ve obviously got Riley Meredith and Nathan Ellis who were with the Australian team, and Scott Boland was our player of the year last year and is just a seasoned campaigner.
“That’s not to say Jimmy hasn’t played a role in that over the last few years. But we’re looking forward with the list we have and we know that it will be a list we’re really happy with, and we’re looking forward to starting the season.”
Looking to Sign an Overseas Batsman
The Hurricanes are also looking to sign an overseas batsman, which Griffith believes is a difficult proposition in the current situation.
“It’s pretty hard, I won’t sugar coat it, it’s just the current climate around players, ” Griffith said. “I think potentially it was a bit underestimated, the quarantine component. We’re the only country in the world that has to do that type of (14-days mandatory) quarantine.
“With the IPL and then the World Cup running back-to-back before coming straight to us, that can make it difficult with a lot of time in bubbles. And there’s other leagues so we’re also competing with other competitions that run at the same time that are potentially less in duration and the same sort of cash.
“But I think what we have in our favour is the BBL is still seen as one of the highest standards of competition in the world, and that’s what a lot of these players want to play.”