Supreme Court of Nepal overturns Lamichhane’s travel ban
by Bertus de Jong • Published on Mon, Feb 27, 2023
Former Nepal captain Sandeep Lamichhane is set to fly to Dubai to join the Nepalese squad for the remainder of the ongoing CWC League 2 trilateral series against the UAE and Papua New Guinea after a court order barring him from leaving the country was overturned by the Supreme Court of Nepal on Monday (February 27).
The leg-spinner, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of rape, was previously subject to a travel ban as part of his bail conditions. He was consequently omitted from the touring party for the side’s final League 2 tour to the Emirates, despite having played the preceding home series against Namibia and Scotland.
The rescinding of the travel restrictions by the high court on appeal, overturning an earlier ruling, opens the door to Lamichhane participating in the remainder of the series, as well as Nepal’s final home series next month and potentially the CWC WC Qualifier Play-off in Namibia at the end of March, should Nepal fail to qualify directly for the World Cup Qualifier.
Earlier today, Nepal won their first fixture of the tour, beating Papua New Guinea by four wickets. They will likely need to win at least six of their remaining seven fixtures to secure an automatic berth at the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in July.