Nepal cricket suspends rape-accused captain Sandeep Lamichhane

File: Sandeep Lamichhane
File: Sandeep Lamichhane

Kathmandu, September 8

The Nepal cricket-governing body, Cricket Association of Nepal, has suspended rape-accused men’s national team captain Sandeep Lamichhane from the team.

A meeting of the governing body held on Thursday afternoon made the decision.

CAN Secretary Prashant Bikram Malla says the board decided to suspend him following the Kathmandu District Court issuing an arrest warrant in his name.

Earlier, a 17-year-old girl filed a complaint against Lamichhane, accusing him of raping her repeatedly on the eve of the Nepal cricket team’s Kenya departure on August 22.

Lamichhane, who is currently in the Caribbean to play the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is yet to give any statement.

Police say they have already launched an investigation in response to the complaint. It is speculated that Sandeep Lamichhane will either surrender by cutting his Jamaica trip short or get arrested in Nepal or abroad.

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