Nepal introduces raped cricket star in final lineup of three series
Ignoring widespread protests, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has made a rape allegation and the cricket star is under investigation Sandeep Lamichhane on his team for the triangle series scheduled for next week. Announcing the final 14-member squad for the ICC World Cup League 2’s Triangular Series, Lamichhane was released on bail for rape of a minor and is under investigation while his bail is also challenged at Apex Court. The triangle series will be held at TU Cricket in Kirtipur against Nepal against Namibia and Scotland starting from 14 to 21 February.
The protests that erupted over Lamichhane’s placement in training camp began last month when CAN lifted its disciplinary suspension. Several activists and cricket supporters took to the streets to protest the decision.
With the final lineup announced on Thursday night, supporters have continued to protest the decision on social media.
“@CricketNep has brought shame and shadow to the sport. You have betrayed the trust of your fans by defending an accused rapist. I see a lack of integrity and respect. Totally important to the survivors,” one social media user wrote.
“The cricket association of Nepal has a particular hatred for the women of this country. What a shameful organization!” tweeted another.
Another user wrote, “It’s not #nepalsquad – it’s a bunch of idiots promoting #sex #misconduct!! Back to #Namibia #Scotland”
With questions asked, Scottish Cricket and Namibian teams earlier this week released a statement regarding the game and said: “Cricket Scotland is aware of reports regarding the legal status by Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal, ahead of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 Qualifiers.
As a governing body and as a team, Scottish Cricket stands firmly against all forms of abuse, which have no place in modern society.”
It added, “Players’ readiness for these games is an issue for the Nepal Cricket Association and the ICC to consider.”
Along with the visiting Namibian team also released a statement saying, “Cricket Namibia strongly opposes all forms of violence, discrimination and abuse on the basis of gender.”
The cricket star who led Nepal to various international fronts in cricket and led the national team as captain during his previous stint at the age of 19 has been accused of raping a minor and released on bail. Despite growing dissatisfaction with the legal battle, newly appointed head coach Monty Desai introduced him to the team.
Released on bail, the cricket star’s temporary freedom was challenged in the High Court.
Lamichhane was charged by Patan High Court with raping a 17-year-old minor and was released on bail on the 99th, 13th January this year. His bail was again challenged by the Attorney General’s Office on February 3 when he filed an application in Apex Court.
An investigation is underway against him under Section 219 of Penal Code 2074. If the charges against him are valid, he will face 10-12 years in prison.
The executive committee meeting of the Nepal Cricket Association decided to lift the ban on Lamichhane on January 31 imposed on September 8 last year and also included in the 20-member closure camp on May 2. Two.
Multi-talented person Aarif Sheikh was one of a number of notable people excluded from the 20-member camp while being leftist orthodox Surya Tamang was included in the final lineup for the first time. Kamal Singh Airee, Kishor Mahato, Pratish GC, Arjun saudi and Mausam Dhakal were the other players left out of the 14-member squad.
Sheikh, GC, Dhakal and Saud are listed as four substitutes
Rohit Paulel (captain), Kushal Bhurtel, Aasif SheikhGyanendra Malla, Sompal Kami, Karan KCSandeep Laimchhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sundeep JoraGulshan Jha, Bhim Sharki and Surya Tamang are the players announced in the final squad of the triangle series.
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