Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com
Sandeep Lamichhane, a former captain for Nepal, returned home on Thursday (October 6) to defend himself against rape allegations made against him about a month ago.
Lamichhane, who has denied all the allegations, was immediately arrested, according to Dinesh Raj Mainali, a spokeswoman for Kathmandu District Police, spoke to AFP news agency.
The cunning spinner Lamichhane had already announced his return to his country via a Facebook post and said he was prepared to fight any allegations.
“I will give every possible piece of information to the investigators and will vigorously defend my innocence in court. Let justice be done!” Lamichhane had made a post.
The serious charges levied upon Lamichhane led to his suspension as Nepal’s captain after a country’s court issued an arrest warrant on September 8.
It followed an accusation from a teenager that the 22-year-old spinner had raped her in a Kathmandu hotel room two months back.
Before his arrival in Nepal, Lamicchane finally broke his silence on the rape charges and wrote on Facebook, “With great hope and strength, I hereby confirm that I am reaching to my home country, Nepal on this 6th October 2022 and will submit myself to the authority of Nepal to fight a legal battle against false allegation.”
It should be mentioned that Lamichhane is an essential component of the Nepal cricket team and served as team captain prior to his ban due to the serious allegations.
His big break came when he become the first cricket player from Nepal to play in the IPL (for the Delhi Capitals). He hasn’t been able to consistently play in the lucrative league, though. Nevertheless, he rose to prominence in T20 competitions all around the world after joining the IPL.
The 22-year-old has taken 69 and 85 wickets for Nepal in ODIs and T20Is, respectively.