Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane has signed up for Melbourne Stars in the upcoming Big Bash League. This makes him the first player from an associate country to feature in the BBL.

Last year, Rashid Khan played the BBL, but by then Afghanistan had already earned a full-member status from the ICC.

Lamichhane, who made his debut in the Indian Premier League earlier this year, will play for the BBL franchise in two stints — he will join the team by early December and will leave on January 5 to play the Bangladesh Premier League. Once done with BPL, he will return to Australia for the final leg of BBL.

Following the IPL, he became a sought-after name in almost all the leagues of the world and has featured in the Caribbean Premier League and Global T20 Canada.