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ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Sandeep Lamichhane lands in West Indies, all set to play last two league games of Nepal

Published at :June 10, 2024 at 5:48 PM
Modified at :June 10, 2024 at 5:48 PM
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Sandeep Lamichhane was denied a US visa to play at the T20 World Cup 2024.

Young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane is all set to join the Nepal Cricket Team squad at the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Lamichhane will join the side during the Caribbean leg of their ongoing campaign.

The former Nepal captain faced an eight-year prison sentence for allegedly raping a woman in August 2022. The Patan High Court, though, on May 15, 2024, acquitted the 23-year-old cricketer in the rape case. Lamichhane was proven innocent as there was a lack of evidence against him. 

After being proven innocent, he applied for a United States of America (USA) visa to play at the 2024 T20 World Cup. However, he was denied a US visa.

Consequently, the leg-spinner missed the Netherlands clash in Dallas where his side lost by six wickets. Lamichhane will also miss Nepal’s upcoming match against Sri Lanka in Florida on June 11. The global tournament is being jointly hosted by the West Indies and the USA.

Sandeep Lamichhane lands in West Indies to play ICC T20 World Cup 2024

The Nepal team are all set to play their remaining two league matches on the Caribbean island. They will face South Africa and then Bangladesh in Kingstown, St Vincent.

Ahead of their West Indies leg, Nepal got a huge boost as their premier leg-spinner landed on the Caribbean island. It is to be noted that Sandeep didn’t require any visa to land in St. Vincent, where Nepal will play their last two group games.

Notably, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved his addition to Nepal’s squad, but hasn’t made any official statement yet.

Sandeep took to Twitter to reveal this news, where he thanked the Government of Nepal, Foreign Ministry, Sports Ministry, National Sports Council and Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) for supporting and helping him get a US visa.

“I would like to thank the Government of Nepal, Foreign Ministry, Sports Ministry, National Sports Council and Cricket Association of Nepal for their support to help get me a US visa, but unfortunately it did not work out this time,” Lamichhane wrote.

I am now joining the national team for the last two matches in the West Indies and look forward to fulfilling my dreams and the dream of all cricket lovers.” Lamichhane said.

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