The confirmation has been officially announced that Sandeep Lamichhane will be joining the Nepal national cricket team in South Africa, as per Neplays. Nepal’s star spinner was unable to travel with his teammates due to court appearances.
The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and Sandeep Lamichhane’s legal representatives had jointly submitted an application to the Kathmandu District Court, requesting a change in the scheduled court appearance. Following the submission of the application, the Kathmandu District Court has granted permission for Sandeep Lamichhane to join his team in South Africa, rescheduling the next court hearing to July 14, As per the source.
Sandeep got permission on Sunday, and as per CAN, Lamichhane is scheduled to depart for South Africa at 2 AM on Monday, with his flight booked through Qatar Airways. Hence, Lamichhane is permitted to play Nepal’s practice match in Africa as well as the main event in Zimbabwe.
Nepal will play warm-up matches against Scotland and Netherlands in South Africa. Meanwhile, they will play against Oman and UAE in the warmup matches before the main event.
The tournament is scheduled to take place between June 18th and July 9th. The top three teams from both groups will advance to the Super Six stage. In the Super Six, those teams will face each other, and the two teams with the highest rankings will proceed to the final. Both finalists will secure their spots in the Cricket World Cup 2023.
Nepal is placed in Group A alongside West Indies, USA, Netherlands and Zimbabwe.