Nepal Star, once accused of rape, writes a historic feat. Becomes the second cricketer to…

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Nepal player and former captain Sandeep Lamicchane achieved a historic feat on Monday after his two-wicket haul in the T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh in St. Vincent. During the match, Lamicchane became the second bowler to take 100 wickets in T20Is. Before this match, he had picked 98 wickets at an average of 12.58 and an economy of 6.29. On Monday, he made his 54th T20I appearance, meaning only Afghanistan's Rashid Khan completed 100 wickets faster than Lamicchane.

Rashid had recorded 100 wickets in 53 matches, just one match faster than Lamicchane.

After not playing international cricket for over a year, Lamicchane returned to the team for the match against South Africa last week.

He faced an eight-year prison sentence before being convicted of rape.

Although he has not played a competitive match since late last year, he has been training regularly at the TU Ground in Kathmandu since he was cleared.

Lamicchane's arrival in the United States was delayed after he failed to obtain a US visa twice last month, despite the efforts of the country's cricket board and several agencies. However, Nepal had requested the ICC to allow Lamichhane to join their squad for the World Cup late. The ICC approved his inclusion for the final two matches of the group stage.

“We tried, with the Nepalese government, to obtain a US visa for Lamichhane, but it did not work. We had already asked the ICC to grant him a stipend to be added to the team of the World Cup, even if it was late “The ICC has now cleared the addition of Lamichhane for the last two matches,” ESPNcricinfo quoted CAN president Chatur Bahadur Chand as saying.

Sharing the news on He also expressed his gratitude to the president of the CAN and other members of the office.

“I would like to thank the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Sports, National Sports Council and Nepal Cricket Association for their support and helping me get a US visa, but unfortunately this did not work this time. I am now joining the I have participated in the last two matches of the national team in the West Indies and I am looking forward to fulfilling my dreams and those of all cricket lovers” Lamichhane has. declared in a message on social networks.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh beat Nepal by 21 runs to qualify for the Super 8 stage.

(With IANS entries)

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