Sandeep Lamichhane excluded from Nepal’s team to tour UAE

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Sandeep Lamichhane has been excluded from the Nepal national cricket team’s squad to tour United Arab Emirates (UAE). UAE, Nepal and Papua New Guinea (PNG) are set to play their second Tri-Series under CWC League 2 from 27th February.

Sandeep is not included in the squad that will be flying to UAE on Saturday. The spin sensation, who was accused of raping a minor, was released from jail on a bail of 20 lakhs by the Patan High Court, barring him from going abroad. The case against him is pending in District Court Kathmandu.

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Sandeep Lamichhane grabbed 4/45 against Scotland at TU Cricket ground. Photo: CAN

Lamichhane was granted to play the home Tri-Series against Namibia and Scotland. He picked up 13 wickets from just four matches, becoming the joint-highest wicket-taker of the series.

Left-arm pacer Pratish GC and young spinner  Shyam (Mausam) Dhakal have been included in the national team for the first time. Both were reserve players in the recently concluded series. Aarif Sheikh is also back on the team. Meanwhile, Surya Tamang is also excluded from the team.

Nepal will kick off the series on 27th February, playing against PNG.

Nepal’s Squad:

Rohit Poudel (captain), Dipendra Singh Airee, Gyanendra Malla, Asif Sheikh, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Kushal Bhurtel, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Bhim Sarki, Sandeep Jora, Kushal Malla, Shyam (Mausam) Dhakal, Gulshan Jha, Arif Sheikh and Pratish GC.

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