Kathmandu, January 13
The national cricket body, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), says it has begun consultations regarding whether to include rape-accused former national team captain Sandeep Lamichhane back in the team.
CAN Acting Secretary Prashant Bikram Malla says it is currently consulting legal experts about the issue. “We will also consult the International Cricket Council about the international practice.”
Following the rape charge, the association suspended Lamichhane until the next notice. It has already appointed Rohit Kumar Paudel as the captain of the team.
But, after Lamichhane’s release on bail, his advocate Saroj Krishna Ghimire has demanded his captaincy be reinstated.
Sandeep Lamichhane rape charge: What happened when?
September 6: A 17-year-old girl files a complaint against the then captain of the Nepal national cricket team, Sandeep Lamichhane, accusing him of raping her.
September 8: Kathmandu police receive an arrest warrant against him.
September 8: Cricket Association of Nepal suspends Lamichhane from the team.
September 9: Lamichhane leaves his CPL team, saying he would return home soon.
September 25: Lamichhane says he is in isolation to deal with stress but will return to defend the case.
September 26: Nepal Police circulates a diffusion notice among all Interpol members, seeking help to arrest him.
October 6: Lamichhane arrives in Nepal to get arrested.
October 10: Lamichhane gets remanded for seven days to let the police continue the investigation.
October 13: The remand is extended by five days.
October 19: The remand is extended by four days again.
October 23: The remand is extended by two days.
October 31: The government attorney’s office files a lawsuit, demanding a jail sentence of 10 to 12 years, against Sandeep Lamichhane
November 4: The cricket star is sent to judicial custody until the final verdict.
January 12: Patan High Court orders to release him on bail.