Nepali leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has signed with the Worcestershire Rapids as an overseas player for this year's T20 Blast.

The ECB's requirements for visa endorsements previously meant that associate players could not play as overseas players in county cricket, but a rule change has meant that those who have played at least twenty List A T20 matches in a full member nation over the previous 36 months can now get a visa endorsement from the ECB, paving the way for associate players who play in franchise T20 leagues to register as overseas players.

Lamichhane will be the first associate player to play as an overseas player in county cricket since Collins Obuya played for Warwickshire in the wake of Kenya's World Cup semi-final run in 2003.

Worcestershire head coach Alex Gidman was pleased with the signing, saying in a press release, Hes a leg spinner, which is a bit of mystery spin we believe we need in our squad in terms of balance, so we are ecstatic with the signing. We believe and trust that we have got an excellent squad of players ourselves, and its about adding to that squad, rather than getting players to replace players, and add to the balance of the team, which we think weve done well. This is his first taste of playing in England, and Im sure he will do well and have an enjoyable summer with us."