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Sandeep Lamichhane Rape Case: CAN lifts ban on former Nepal captain; details to be released today

Sandeep Lamichhane Rape Case: The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has lifted the suspension of their former captain after being granted a bail by Nepal Court earlier in the year

India TV Sports Desk Written By: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Updated on: February 01, 2023 7:59 IST
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Former Nepal Cricket team captain Sandeep Lamichhane’s suspension has been lifted by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) after being granted bail. Lamichhane, 22, was recently granted bail by the Nepal court having been involved in a rape case of a 17-year-old girl in his homeland. The former IPL player was arrested on 6th October 2022 and spent the rest of the year behind the bars. The details of his suspension lift will be revealed today by the CAN.

What was the incident?

Lamichhane was arrested immediately upon his arrival in the country capital on 6th October at the Tribhuvan International Airport almost a month after a court issued a warrant over the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl. Lamichhane was seen being escorted in police custody after he arrived in the country in October 2022.

Before being arrested, the Nepal international in a Facebook post on Wednesday said that he was returning to the country and would "fully cooperate in all stages of the investigation and will fight a legal battle to prove my innocence".

"I know I am facing a difficult time of conspiracy and wrongful allegation and the ramification of its effect is something unimaginable. I am sure there must be some mechanism of compensating to the accused who proven to be innocent in our legal system," Lamichhane wrote.

"I will soon seek legal support against wrongful prosecution and allegation made against me and I am sure I will get the justice and will return to the cricket ground soon to make the name and fame of my beloved country and I pray for speedy trial. I will fully cooperate in all stages of investigation and will fight legal battle to prove my innocence. Let the justice prevail," he added.

The warrant was issued by a Nepalese court on September 8 when Lamichhane was in the West Indies, taking part in the Caribbean Premier League. Back then, he had said he would leave the CPL and return to home to face the "baseless allegations".

On 25 September, he issued a further statement having not returned, and after this Nepalese police said they had sought help from Interpol with a "diffusion" notice asking member countries for their co-operation in bringing Lamichhane back to the country to face charges.

"News of the arrest warrant issued against me made me mentally disturbed. I could not think what to do and what not to do. My health condition is gradually improving and I am planning to return to Nepal as soon as possible to vehemently fight back (against the allegations)," Lamichhane said.

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Nepal’s ace card in international cricket

The 22-year-old is by far Nepal's most high-profile cricketer, having played in T20 leagues in most parts of the world, including in the IPL, the BBL, the PSL, the BPL, and the CPL.

The youngster is also the world's second-fastest bowler to 50 ODI wickets and third-fastest to 50 T20I wickets. The spinner last played international cricket in August 2022, in the T20I series against Kenya. After that, he was set to represent Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL but was unable to get involved in the action.

Lamichhane was suspended as Nepal captain in September 2022 following the rape accusations. At the time, Cricket Association of Nepal's acting secretary Prashant Vikram Malla had said that his suspension would remain in place pending a complete investigation.


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