Nepal's legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who had recently signed with the Hobart Hurricanes for the upcoming season of the Big bash League, has tested positive for COVID-19, he revealed via his social media. He has been experiencing body aches since Wednesday and is currently in home isolation. Having previously featured for the Melbourne Stars, Lamichhane was to play his third season for the Hurricanes for who it comes as a big blow with his participation in the upcoming edition now in jeopardy.
Lamichhane is the fourth Nepal player known to have tested positive for the virus in the lead-up to the team's training camp at Tribhuvan University Stadium in Kathmandu. On Wednesday, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) had announced that captain Gyanendra Malla, vice-captain Dipendra Singh Airee and batsman Rohit Paudel had tested positive alongside Pradeep Lama, a member of the staff. The 20-year-old Lamichhane is Nepal's highest wicket-taker in international cricket - his 57 scalps put him ahead of the seamer Karan KC - and also their most recognised cricketer globally.