Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane to join Asia Cup squad after rape trial delayed | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The rape trial involving star Nepal cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane was postponed on Sunday, allowing the 23-year-old to join his teammates to Pakistan for the upcoming Asia Cup, confirmed his lawyer.
Lamichhane stands accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in a hotel room in Kathmandu last August. Lamichhane has vehemently refuted all allegations brought against him.
The latest hearing on Sunday was deferred until September 7, Lamichhane’s lawyer Saroj Ghimire said.
“Sandeep will now fly to Pakistan to play,” Ghimire told AFP.
Last year, Lamichhane was suspended as national captain and arrested, but was freed on bail in January and Nepal then lifted his ban on playing.
Under his bail conditions, Lamichhane has been able to travel abroad, including to Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifiers.
The six-nation ODI Asia Cup opens Wednesday in Multan, Pakistan, where the hosts will clash with debutants Nepal.
Pakistan will co-host the 50-over tournament with Sri Lanka, where nine of the 13 matches — including the final in Colombo on September 17 — will be played.
Nepal failed to make the cut for the 50-over showpiece event in India in October.
(With inputs from AFP)

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