Sandeep Lamichhane is in deep trouble, with Nepal police asking Interpol’s help in locating the fugitive cricketer. The news was confirmed by the police on Tuesday (September 27), after a Nepal court issued an arrest warrant for the country’s rising young cricketer in connection with an alleged rape case.
Lamichhane is thought to have remained in the Caribbean after being accused of rape by a 17-year-old child in Nepal. He had gone to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20.
Nepal Police, Interpol On The Look Out For Sandeep Lamichhane
According to a Nepal police spokesperson told AFP, the fugitive Sandeep Lamichhane received a “diffusion” notice on Sunday (September 23), with Interpol requesting member countries’ help in locating the cricketer’s whereabouts.
“We have issued a diffusion notice asking Interpol to locate, arrest, and return the accused after he is neither in contact with us nor are his whereabouts known to us,” said Deputy Inspector General Tek Prasad Rai, spokesperson for Nepal Police.
I’ll Return Nepal “As Soon As Possible” – Sandeep Lamichhane
In a Facebook post shared through his official account on Sunday, Sandeep Lamichhane promised to return to Nepal “as soon as possible” to fight the charges against him.
The 22-year-old did not reveal his current whereabouts but stated that he is in “isolation” to care for his mental and physical health, with the arrest warrant making him “mentally disturbed” at this moment.
Lamichhane, undoubtedly his country’s first cricketing superstar, has been lauded as the poster boy for the rise of cricket in Nepal. The country gained one-day international (ODI) status in 2018.
The wrist-spinner was selected as Nepal’s first IPL selection by the Delhi franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2018. Since then, he has become Nepal’s most sought-after cricketer in leagues around the world.
An arrest warrant has been issued against Sandeep Lamichane while he was playing for Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL 2022. After that, he was not only released from the CPL but also suspended from captaining the national team by the Nepal Cricket Board.