Sandeep Lamichhane set to make comeback in cricket as Nepal Court acquits in rape case

Lamichhane's ordeal began when he faced accusations of rape from a 17-year-old girl in September last year. After the accustaions, a Kathmandu court sentenced him to eight years in prison earlier this year.

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Former Nepal cricket team captain Sandeep Lamichhane has received a reprieve as Nepal's Patan High Court acquitted him of rape charges. This decision paves the way for his participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024, marking a turning point in his tumultuous journey. After the court's ruling, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has reinstated Lamichhane in the national team for the T20 World Cup. This reinstatement will provide the much needed boost in Nepal's bowling lineup. 

Lamichhane's ordeal began when he faced accusations of rape from a 17-year-old girl in September last year. After the accustaions, a Kathmandu court sentenced him to eight years in prison earlier this year. However, Lamichhane appealed this verdict, leading to his eventual acquittal by the High Court.

During this turbulent period, Lamichhane found himself in the West Indies, participating in the Caribbean Premier League. However, when the arrest warrant was issued, he absconded, prompting a search by Nepal Police with the assistance of Interpol. Eventually, Lamichhane was apprehended upon his return to Kathmandu.

Return to cricketing arena

With legal hurdles behind him, Lamichhane's focus now shifts back to cricket. His inclusion in Nepal's T20 World Cup squad adds depth and experience to the team led by Rohit Paudel. Nepal is set to kick off their campaign against the Netherlands on June 4, bolstered by Lamichhane's presence.

Cricketing journey of Sandeep Lamichhane

Lamichhane's cricketing journey has been remarkable. He holds the distinction of being the first Nepalese cricketer to feature in the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL), where he showed his talent for Delhi Daredevils. His participation in various global leagues, including the Big Bash League and the Caribbean Premier League, has further solidified his reputation as a top-tier spinner.

Throughout his career, Lamichhane has etched his name in the record books. His feat of becoming the fastest bowler to claim 100 wickets in One Day Internationals highlights his exceptional talent. Moreover, his consistency and prowess on the field have earned him accolades, including holding the record for the best average among bowlers in ODI cricket.

Nepal's T20 World Cup squad

As Nepal gears up for the T20 World Cup, Lamichhane's inclusion adds a formidable edge to the squad. Alongside promising talents like Asif Sheikh and Kushal Malla, Lamichhane's experience will be invaluable in Nepal's quest for glory on the global stage.

Rohit Paudel (captain), Asif Sheikh, Anil Kumar Sah, Kushal Bhurtel, Kushal Malla, Deependra Singh Airy, Lalit Rajvanshi, Karan KC, Gulshan Jha, Sompal Kami, Pratis GC, Sandeep Jora, Avinash Bohra, Sagar Dhakal, Kamal Singh Airy.