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Lamichhane, Sandeep Nepal Cricket Board Suspended Following Rape Conviction

<p>The cricket governing body of Nepal has suspended leg-spinner and former captain Sandeep Lamichhane after his eight-year jail term for the rape of an eighteen-year-old lady. The decision was made public earlier on Wednesday by the Kathmandu District Court, and the following day, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) released a statement in response to the news.</p>
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<p>The CAN said, “We inform you that due to his conviction and sentencing, Sandeep Lamichhane has been suspended from all domestic and international cricket activities.”</p>
<p>The 23-year-old was ordered by a single-judge court to pay Rs 2,00,000 in compensation to the victim and to pay a fine of Rs 3,00,000. The cricket player “will appeal the decision in a higher court,” according to “The Kathmandu Post” citing Saroj Ghimire, Lamichhane’s attorney.</p>
<p>The Cricket Association of Nepal suspended Lamichhane as captain after the Kathmandu police filed an arrest warrant for him in September of last year. He was with the Jamaica Tallawahs, a team in the Caribbean Premier League, but the team discharged him right away. He went back to Kathmandu and was detained there.</p>
<p>Lamichhane had pulled out of the national team in September of the previous year, just before the home T20I Tri-Series.</p>
<p>I have made the difficult decision to remove my name from the next competition. In a message on his official Facebook page, Lamichhane said, “I’ve been going through tough and challenging times in my life and I realize I need to revitalize myself and needed family time.”</p>
<p>Following his release on bond in January of last year, Lamichhane’s playing suspension was revoked by Nepal, despite his dismissal as national captain and arrest in 2022. When he returned to the cricket pitch in February, he was greeted by hundreds of jubilant cricket fans.</p>
<p>For Nepal, he has taken over 100 wickets in over 103 white-ball matches. In his short time with the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League between 2018 and 2019, he took 13 wickets in nine games.</p>

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