Shahid Afridi and local superstar Sandeep Lamichhane will reunite as teammates in the Everest Premier League, Nepal’s domestic T20 tournament. Legspinner Lamichhane made his international T20 debut with Afridi when he was part of an ICC World XI team that beat world champions West Indies in a hurricane relief show at Lord’s. Both will represent Kathmandu Kings XI in the tournament which will be held at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur from September 22 to October.
“Welcome to the board with Kathmandu Kings XI,” Lamichhane told Afridi in a video message at the launch of the team’s campaign. “All the guys are really excited to see you here on the field. And I personally know you’re going to have a great time during your visit to Nepal. You shouldn’t wait to join the team.”
Lamichhane was returning to London to participate in the Hundreds and Blasts but had to return to Nepal due to visa problems, even after his successful arrival and the completion of his quarantine.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 26, 2021
Lamichhane and Afridi have met in the Afghan Premier League and the Pakistani Super League in the past.
“This will be my first visit to Kathmandu,” Afridi said. “I am very excited and looking forward to visiting.”