Credit: X

Credit: X

On Monday, June 10, Sandeep Lamichhane took to his official X account to announce his arrival in the West Indies to join the Nepal squad before their final two Group D matches in the T20 World Cup 2024. The 23-year-old, who was picked in the Nepalese squad for the ongoing ICC tournament, couldn’t take part in the two matches in the USA leg after the authorities denied him a visa despite his acquittal in a rape case.

Notably, Sandeep Lamichhane, who was a poster boy of Nepalese cricket, got convicted for allegedly raping a 18-year-old woman in a hotel in Kathmandu in 2022. He was sentenced to eight years in prison by the district court, but upon appeal, the high court overturned their decision, acquitting him of the rape charges.

Sandeep Lamichhane joins Nepal squad for T20 World Cup 2024 in West Indies

Paras Khadka, the Secretary of the Cricket Association of Nepal, said the following about the matter in a statement, which read, as per NDTV Sports, “Nepali player Sandeep Lamichhane will leave for the West Indies for the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup and join the Nepali national cricket team.”

Just a few short hours ago, Sandeep Lamichhane posted a picture of himself on the X platform from the airport parking lot, stating that he has arrived in the West Indies to join the T20 World Cup 2024 squad of Nepal. In his statement, the leg spin bowler said, "I am now joining the national team for the last two matches in the West Indies and looking forward to fulfilling my dreams and the dream of all cricket lovers."

“To all our cricket fans and people back home everywhere who prayed for me, I will forever be grateful for your blessings,” added Sandeep Lamichhane.