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Supreme Court allows Sandeep Lamichhane to play cricket overseas

Sandeep Lamichhane

The Supreme Court has allowed Sandeep Lamichhane to go and play cricket overseas. On Monday afternoon, the Supreme Court gave such an order to Lamichhane, overturning the decision of High Court Patan, banning him from going abroad.

Lamichhane had submitted an application requesting to allow him to play cricket abroad. A joint bench of Supreme Court judges Sapna Pradhan Malla and Kumar Chudal decided to allow Sandeep to go abroad. 

Sandeep can now play any cricket competition abroad; however, he must appear in the Kathmandu District Court within 15 days after the competition ends. With this, Lamichhane is now eligible to play for Nepal in CWC League 2 Tri-Series against UAE and PNG in UAE. 

The leggie was allowed to play the home Tri-Series against Scotland and Namibia. He was the pick of a bowler for the home team, grabbing 13 wickets from four matches.

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

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.

A police complaint was registered against Lamichhane for an allegation of raping a 17-year-old minor on September 6, 2022. A couple of days later, Kathmandu police received an arrest warrant against him, and The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) suspended him. A day passed, and he left his Caribbean Premier League (CPL) team, saying he would return home soon.

Meanwhile, Nepal Police issued a diffusion notice among all Interpol members, seeking help to arrest him after the cricketer was contactless. However, He took his social media to inform that he was in isolation to deal with the anxiety.

Lamichhane was taken into custody on October 6 after his arrival in Nepal. His remand was pushed further several times for a detailed investigation. On October 31, The government attorney’s office filed a lawsuit, demanding a jail sentence of 10 to 12 years, against the leg break bowler.