Melbourne, Oct 23 (IANS) Promising leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane on Tuesday became Nepal's first cricketer to be signed up for the Big Bash League in Australia. He will represent the Melbourne Stars in the 2018-19 edition of the BBL.
The 18-year-old Lamichhane, who has been part of the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL), will join the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa, as he lives out his dream of playing at the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
According to a statement from the International Cricket Council (ICC), the leggie will be available for around half the team's matches, as he has already signed up for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), taking place at the same time, as well.
His BBL participation will be in two stints, before and after his BPL commitments in January.
Lamichhane, who was one of the stars of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016, is a popular choice in T20 leagues around the world.
Besides the IPL, he has featured in the Caribbean Premier League, Afghanistan Premier League and Global T20 Canada, among others.
"I first saw Lamichhane bowl for Nepal in the Asian U19 Championships in Malaysia and was immediately impressed by both his skill as a wrist spinner and also his energy," said Trent Woodhill, the Melbourne Stars list manager.
"Lamichhane had a successful IPL debut for Delhi and bowled well in the CPL. We have high expectations that he will light up the BBL and become a star of the tournament," Woodhill added.
Noida, Oct 23 (IANS) The Noida police on Tuesday said they were working to nab a man, who was accused of trying to extort Rs 20 crore from Paytm founder with three others by threatening him to leak the confidential data, even as the company assured its customers that their details were protected with high-level security.
On Monday, the police arrested Sonia Dhawan, person secretary to Paytm Founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma; her husband Rupak Jain; and Devendra Kumar, an employee at the company's administration department.
A fourth accused Rohit Chomal, a Kolkata resident, who is believed to have made the extortion calls from Thailand, is on the run.
Earlier, on the complaint made by Paytm Vice President Ajay Shekhar Sharma, who is the brother of the founder, a case was registered under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and Information and Technology Act against the four.
The police said that all the phone numbers concerned were under observation.
"We are minutely watching the activities on the same IP address through which the phone calls were made," a police officer said.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), Dhawan had been the personal secretary to the CEO for about 10 years and had access to all the files containing the financial data.
Paytm in its statement said, "All our consumer data is protected with the highest and most impenetrable levels of security."
"At this point, the law enforcement authorities are investigating this matter and we would like to respect the police investigation, and not comment further until the results of such investigation are known."