The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has suspended Nepal captain Sandeep Lamichhane after an arrest warrant was issued against him over an alleged case of rape by a minor.
It was made public that a complaint against Lamichhane was lodged at a Kathmandu police station. The spinner was in the West Indies representing Jamaica Tallawahs at the Caribbean Premier League 2022 when the complaint was lodged.
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The Nepal cricket captain did not feature in any of the team’s matches and it is expected that his stint with the club will now come to an end and he will most likely be released by Tallawahs.
A statement by CAN’s acting secretary Prashant Vikram Malla said that Lamichhane’s suspension will continue to remain in place pending a complete investigation. Further, Lamichhane has been summoned to report to the police in Kathmandu, who are investigating the case. The decision to suspend him was taken following a meeting by the CAN board.
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The 22-year-old player is considered to be Nepal’s most prolific cricketer, having played in T20 leagues around the world, including the IPL, Australia’s Big Bash League, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Lanka Premier League and the Caribbean Premier League.