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Nepal cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane is likely to miss the T20 World Cup 2024 after his USA visa was rejected. The cricketer was recently acquitted of a rape charge by a Kathmandu court after he was initially sentenced to an eight-year imprisonment for the rape of an 18-year-old girl. He was included in Nepal’s 15-member squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2024, set to be organised in the USA and West Indies. 

Nepal are set to begin their campaign in the marquee tournament on June 4, Tuesday, against the Netherlands. With the team scheduled to travel to the USA for the tournament, the US embassy denied Lamichanne’s visa. The cricketer took to social media to reveal the same while also apologising to the well-wishers for not being able to participate in the tournament. 

Sandeep Lamichhane likely to miss T20 World Cup 2024

The 23-year-old cricketer wrote, "And the U.S. Embassy, Nepal did it again what they did back in 2019, they denied my Visa for the T-20 World Cup happening in USA and West Indies. Unfortunate. I am sorry to all the well-wishers of Nepal Cricket. @USAmbNep Cricket Association of Nepal-CAN." Not only this, but the cricketer also pointed out the incident when he was denied a visa for CPL. 

Notably, Lamichhane was suspended from both the international and domestic cricketing spheres after he was found guilty of the rape charges. However, the cricketer was cleared to join the team. This will be the first time Nepal will participate in the upcoming ICC event.