Nepal says Lamichhane was denied visa for T20 World Cup

Nepal says Lamichhane was denied visa for T20 World Cup

Nepal said on Thursday that the US embassy had denied a visa to controversial star Sandeep Lamichhane and that there was “little or no chance” of him playing in the T20 World Cup.

The T20 World Cup begins on Saturday, co-hosted by the United States and the West Indies, and Nepal’s first match will be on June 4 in Dallas.

Nepal wanted to select bowler Lamichhane, whose eight-year sentence for rape was overturned on appeal this month.

The former captain said last week that he had been denied a U.S. visa, calling the decision “unfortunate.”

Chhumbi Lama, a member of the central committee of the Nepal Cricket Association, said his subsequent attempt to get a US visa had failed.

“There is little or no chance of me participating in the World Cup,” Lama said. AFP.

“Nepal Cricket Association had lobbied the US embassy through different government agencies of Nepal, but the visa was denied.”

Lamichhane, 23, was once the poster child of Nepal cricket, but was not included in the original team due to his conviction for raping a young woman in a Kathmandu hotel in 2022.

The International Cricket Council said all T20 World Cup teams had been named before the May 25 deadline.

Any changes to the Nepal team would now require approval from the ICC event technical committee.

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