Nepal cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane has rape conviction overturned

    Nepal’s record wicket-taker, Sandeep Lamichhane, could feature at next month’s T20 World Cup after his rape conviction was overturned by an appeal court.

    Lamichhane was sentenced to eight years in prison in January but the Kathmandu Post has reported that his guilty verdict has been overturned by the Patan high court. The original decision was taken by the Kathmandu district court and was subject to appeal by Lamichhane’s representatives.

    The 23-year-old, who is the country’s highest-profile cricketer, last played for Nepal in November but could be drafted into the squad for the tournament before the International Cricket Council’s 25 May final deadline.

    Nepal have been drawn in Group D for the T20 World Cup, facing South Africa, Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

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