Lamichhane Acquitted of Rape by Nepal Court, To Be Considered for T20 World Cup

Sandeep Lamichhane has been acquitted of rape by the Patan High Court in Nepal, allowing him to resume playing cricket with immediate effect, including, possibly, at the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Soon after the court’s verdict, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Lamichhane would be considered for Nepal’s T20 World Cup squad subject to clearance from the ICC. The ICC has given all 20 participating teams until May 25 to submit their final 15-man squads for the World Cup, which will be played in the West Indies and the USA between June 1 and 29.

“Since the high court has cleared Sandeep Lamichhane from all the allegations, he is now cleared to play all forms of cricket,” a CAN spokesperson said.

Nepal’s provisional squad is already in the Caribbean and has been training in St Vincent. They will travel to the USA closer to the start of the tournament – their first match in the main event is on June 4 against the Netherlands in Dallas.

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