Nepal: Nepalese cricketer Lamichane has been upheld by a court in Kathmandu for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl. The court will pronounce the sentence on January 10.
However, the court said in its verdict that the woman who was sexually assaulted was not a minor when the incident took place. It is to be noted that earlier, when the allegation was made, the girl was said to be a minor. However, Lamichane will appeal against the verdict. Lamichane is currently on bail. It seems that he may be sentenced to 10 years in prison when the verdict on the sentence is announced.
Lamichane was suspended by the Nepal Cricket Board after an arrest warrant was issued for him in September last year. Lamichane was first accused of sexual assault at the Kathmandu police station. Lamichane was playing in the Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket series in the May Islands when the complaint was lodged at the police station. The Caribbean Premier League released him after the complaint. He was arrested on arrival at Kathmandu airport. Then, Lamichene said, I will seek the assistance of the law and prove my innocence.
Lamichane joined the Nepal cricket team in February this year. But he had strong opposition. Lamichane played against Namibia and Scotland in the Cricket World Cup Second Tier League tri-series. But no player shook hands with him. After this, he was not considered for the Nepal team selection. Lamichane was then again selected as a replacement for the injured player and has been a regular in the Nepal team ever since. Lamichane was also in the One Day World Cup Qualifiers and Asia Cup squads. In this case, the details of his punishment will be announced on January 10. He also has the option of further appeal.