Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has tested positive for coronavirus just over a week after signing with Hobart Hurricanes for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League.
Lamichhane confirmed the news of his infection on social media, revealing that he was suffering from body aches since Wednesday.
"It's my sincere duty to tell you all that I have been tested positive for COVID-19. 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," he wrote.
The 20-year-old is currently in isolation at his home with the Covid-19 diagnosis obscuring his chances of participation in Australia's premier T20 tournament due to commence on December 10.
Lamichhane has featured for Melbourne Stars in the last two BBL seasons as he formed an intimidating wrist-spin duo alongside Adam Zampa.
Hi Everyone, Greetings to all.— Sandeep Lamichhane (@Sandeep25) November 27, 2020
Its my sincere duty to tell you all that I have been tested positive for COVID-19. 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.??
However, the youngster decided to switch sides for BBL|10, adding spin bowling depth to the Hobart franchise, who have yet to claim their maiden T20 title.
Lamichhane, Nepal's leading wicket-taker in international cricket, is the fourth player from his country to test positive for the novel coronavirus.
Nepal captain Gyanendra Malla, vice-skipper Dipendra Singh Airee and Rohit Kumar Poudel are the other three players who have been infected with the virus prior to the national cricket team's close camp in Kathmandu.
Lamichhane was most recently a part of the Delhi Capitals squad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but failed to get a game throughout the season. His last T20 appearance was during the 2020 Caribbean Premier League, where he represented Jamaica Tallawahs.