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Sandeep Lamichhane To Join Nepal's Squad for T20 World Cup 2024 After Missing USA Leg

Lamichhane is ready for T20 World Cup action after visa dramaLamichhane is ready for T20 World Cup action after visa drama

Nepal’s star spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane is set to bolster his national squad for the remainder of their T20 World Cup journey in the Caribbean, following a constant battle of legal hurdles and visa woes.

The former Nepal skipper had been sidelined for the initial leg of their campaign in the United States, but will now inject his spin brilliance into the team's efforts for the final two crucial T20 World Cup 2024 matches against South Africa and Bangladesh.

Sandeep Lamichhane joins Nepal squad in Caribbean for T20 World Cup

The leg-spinner's journey to the Caribbean has been filled with challenges, including a looming prison sentence due to a controversial rape conviction, which was ultimately overturned on appeal just before the T20 World Cup 2024 commenced.

Despite intense lobbying from Nepal's cricket authorities and government agencies, Lamichhane found himself denied a US visa, leaving Nepal without their star player for their opening clash against the Netherlands and the subsequent face-off with Sri Lanka.

Sandeep Lamichhane's inclusion in the final squad list submitted to the ICC had initially been shrouded in secrecy, with the publicly announced squad omitting his name in favour of reserve player Patish GC.

However, with his legal battles resolved and his skills honed through regular training sessions, Lamichhane is now ready to make his mark in the Caribbean, drawing from his experience in the Caribbean Premier League with various franchises.

In a statement shared on social media, Lamichhane expressed gratitude to the Nepali government and cricket authorities for their support in his visa endeavors, while also addressing criticism directed at Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) officials.

CAN echoed Lamichhane's sentiments in their own statement, urging Nepali cricket fans to rally behind the team as they make their first World Cup appearance in a decade.

With Lamichhane's return to the Nepal squad, the team will aim to harness his talent and experience to clinch victories in their remaining matches, breathing new life into their World Cup campaign and inspiring fans back home.