Reports: Sandeep Lamichhane likely to miss World Cup Global Qualifier amid District Court hearing

The World Cup Qualifier is scheduled to take place from June 18 and July 9 in Zimbabwe.

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Nepal spinner Sandeep Lamichhane is likely to miss the Global Qualifier of the ODI World Cup amid the District Court hearing over the rape case. Lamichhane was released in January after posting a bail of Rs.2 million set by the Patan High Court after being accused of raping a minor.

As per the latest developments, the Kathmandu District Court has directed to re-verify the minor girl’s age. In addition to this, the spinner is likely to lose his spot in the national team and may not feature in the Global Qualifiers as per reports. 

For the unversed, Nepal is in the mix for the World Cup Global Qualifier which is slated to be played from June 18 to July 9. While the cricket board of Nepal is yet to release an official statement on the regard and his inclusion in the team, it remains to be seen what transpires.

Nepal script history with qualification for Asia Cup 2023

One of the biggest highlight points for Nepal this year has been their qualification for the forthcoming Asia Cup 2023. It is worth mentioning that the national team led by Rohit Paudel pipped United Arab Emirates (UAE) by seven wickets in the Asia Cup Qualifiers on May 2, to cement their berth in the mega ACC event.

In doing so, the national team booked their spot in the event alongside rival teams such as India and Pakistan in Group A. In addition to this, the top-three finishes of Nepal, UAE and Oman at the Premier Cup effectively guarantee that they will compete in the forthcoming ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in July.

Furthermore, Nepal will also take on 'A' Teams of five Full Members from the area in the event. The ACC is yet to announce the schedule for the Asia Cup 2023 and also the final hosting venue of the event due to the ongoing tensions between the PCB and the BCCI.

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