Eight Nepali crickets have been recommended for the initial draft of auction for the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL is a twenty20 cricket tournament held among various clubs in India. Leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane, who had been with the Delhi Capitals for three seasons, is now released by the club and is free to join any of the clubs in the tournament. The names recommended for the IPL 2021 also include Dipendra Singh Aiyer, Binod Bhandari, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Sharad Bheshwakar, Avinath Bohara and Kushal Malla, according to Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).
The auction for the IPL is taking place in Chennai of India on February 18. This will decide if the Nepali cricketers are selected for the tournament. A total of 1,097 cricketers from 15 countries have registered themselves for the IPL 2021. This includes 814 from India itself. Others are from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, West Indies and Zimbabwe.