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I am innocent: Nepal cricket team captain Sandeep Lamichhane on rape charges

Nepal’s national cricket team captain Sandeep Lamichhane today issued a statement on the rape charges levelled against him. In a Twitter post, Lamichhane said that he is innoncent and is ready to face the allegations.

“I am innocent and keep complete faith in the respectable laws of Nepal. I have decided to take a leave from CPL and go back to my country within few days. I am ready to face all these baseless allegations. May justice be served to the innocent and right investigatins to be done towards everyone involved. Hope the law acts equal to everyone,(SIC)” Lamichhane tweeted.

His statement came a day after a court in Nepal on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for national cricket team captain Sandeep Lamichhane after a 17-year-old girl alleged that he raped her in a hotel room in Kathmandu.

According to the case filed at the Police Circle Gaushala here on Tuesday, 22-year-old Lamichhane allegedly took the girl to various places in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur for a visit on August 21 and raped her in a hotel in Kathmandu the same night.

Kathmandu District Court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant against Laimchhane.

Police have said that they are investigating the matter and collecting evidence, including CCTV footage, regarding the incident.

Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in a statement said that it has suspended Lamichhane from the team to facilitate the investigation into the allegation labelled against him.

Lamichhane is currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League CPL. His first international breakthrough came when he became the first cricketer from Nepal to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he made his debut for the Delhi Capitals franchise in 2018.

He has been recently appointed the captain of Nepal’s National Cricket team.

During a telephone conversation with the CAN officials, Lamichhane denied the charges, saying he is innocent, a media report here said, quoting the CAN officials.

He said he would return to Nepal after the League.

With PTI Inputs

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