CAN to leave Sandeep Lamichhane in Nepal amidst impending court case as cricket team prepares to fly to South Africa

Rape-accused cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane trains for the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 in Kathmandu, on Friday, February 3, 2023. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale
File Photo: Sandeep Lamichhane Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, May 30

The Cricket Association of Nepal has decided to leave Sandeep Lamichhane in Nepal until the final verdict of the rape case against him is announced.

Acting Secretary Durga Pathak said the CAN decided to leave him behind due to the impending court case.

“He has a hearing almost every week and has to be present at the court. We don’t how long this will carry on so we have decided to leave him,” said Pathak.

The case is still sub-judice in Kathmandu District Court.

The rest of the squad is leaving for South Africa in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The cricket team will play four practice matches before the ICC World Cup Qualifiers.

Pathak said he cannot say if Lamichhane will be part of the team any time soon.

“If the case concludes early, he will be part of the team but as it is the court’s matter, we cannot say anything right now,” said Pathak.

Pathak added Lamichhane is currently under stress due to a court case and that CAN had given him personal time.

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 11: The Department of Immigration blacklists rape-accused cricket star Sandeep Lamichhane so that the police can arrest him as soon as he enters the country.

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.

January 31: CAN lifts suspension of Sandeep Lamichhane hours after the Office of the Attorney General files an appeal demanding he is sent back into judicial custody.

February 2: CAN includes Lamichhane back into the national team.

February 3: The Supreme Court orders the Patan High Court to submit all documents related to the Sandeep Lamichhane rape charge.

February 9: CAN includes Lamichhane in the final squad for a tri-series under ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, courting controversy.

February 24: The Supreme Court refuses to let Lamichhane leave the country for playing cricket as demanded by him.

February 27: The Supreme Court allows Lamichhane to leave the country to play cricket.

May 30: CAN leaves Sandeep Lamichhane in Nepal due to an impending court case as the team leaves for South Africa.

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