Sandeep Lamichhane declared innocent of rape charges; Set to join Nepal for T20 World Cup 2024

This decision opens the door for his inclusion in the national squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, where Nepal will compete in the West Indies and the USA.

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In a significant turn of events, the Patan High Court has cleared Nepal cricket's leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane of all charges related to a rape case filed against him by the Kathmandu District Court. Previously sentenced to eight years in prison, Lamichhane is now deemed innocent, allowing him to resume his cricketing career. This decision opens the door for his inclusion in the national squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, where Nepal will compete in the West Indies and the USA.

The legal saga surrounding Lamichhane began when he was accused of raping an 18-year-old girl, leading to his arrest by the Kathmandu Police last September. However, the recent ruling vindicates Lamichhane, overturning the earlier verdict and relieving him of any financial penalties.

A standout performer in the cricketing arena, Lamichhane's return to the sport is eagerly anticipated. His remarkable achievements include becoming the quickest bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets, showcasing his exceptional talent and dedication to the game. Lamichhane's presence has been sorely missed by fans and teammates alike, particularly during his absence from the national squad due to legal proceedings.

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With the cloud of allegations lifted, Lamichhane can now focus on his cricketing aspirations once again. His remarkable career bowling statistics across ODIs and T20Is underscore his skill and impact on the field. Lamichhane's stellar performances have solidified his reputation as a key asset for Nepal, and his return to the fold will undoubtedly bolster the team's prospects at the World Cup.

Nepal's journey at the upcoming T20 World Cup is set to commence on June 4, with Lamichhane poised to play a pivotal role in their campaign. As they prepare to face formidable opponents in Group D, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and South Africa, Lamichhane's presence adds depth and potency to Nepal's bowling attack, offering renewed hope for success on the global stage.

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