Sandeep Lamichhane takes over as Nepal captain from Gyanendra Malla.

Sandeep Lamichhane takes over as Nepal captain from Gyanendra Malla.

In 2016 and 2017, the legspinner captained Nepal’s Under-19 team.

Sandeep Lamichhane, a 21-year-old legspinner, has been named captain of Nepal, a key step in elevating the 21-year-profile old’s in his homeland. Lamichhane succeeds Gyanendra Malla, who is now playing for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League in his fourth season.

In September, the 31-year-old Malla hit back-to-back ODI fifty for Nepal against Oman and the United States. As a result of an ongoing contractual disagreement with the Cricket Association of Nepal, Malla and his deputy Dipendra Singh Airee have been ousted from their leadership responsibilities.

Lamichhane also captained the Nepal Under-19 team in the Asia Cup in 2016 and the Asian Cricket Council World Cup Qualifier in 2017. His most recent captaincy experience came this season with the Kathmandu Kings XI in Nepal’s domestic T20 franchise tournament, the Everest Premier League.