Nepal seeks Interpol’s help to find fugitive cricket star | Cricket News

Kathmandu: Nepal Police have requested Interpol’s assistance in locating the suspended national cricket captain on the run from the country, they said on Tuesday.
A Nepalese court has issued an arrest warrant against Sandeep Lamichhane earlier this month following an allegation of rape by a 17-year-old girl.
But the leg spinner is believed to have remained in the Caribbean where he was playing in a tournament.
Interpol issued a “dissemination” notice against him on Sunday asking member countries to cooperate in locating him, Nepali police spokesman Tek Prasad Rai told AFP.
“We hope this will help Lamichhane’s arrest for the investigation of a rape complaint against him,” he said.
Lamichhane pledged on social media on Sunday to return home “as soon as possible” to fight the accusation.
Without revealing his whereabouts, the 22-year-old posted on Facebook that he was in “isolation” due to his mental and physical condition, saying the arrest warrant had “mentally disturbed” me.
Lamichhane had been the poster child for the rise of cricket in mountainous Nepal, which gained international status in one day in 2018.
His big break came when he was snatched up by the Capitals of Delhi for the big money Indian Premier League in 2018, and he has been Nepal’s most wanted cricketer ever since.
After the arrest warrant was issued, he was suspended as captain of the national team and he retired from the Caribbean Premier League, where he played for the Jamaica Tallawahs.
Police say around 2,300 cases of rape were reported in Nepal in the last fiscal year, but rights advocates say many more assaults go unreported.
Only a handful of women in Nepal spoke out during the #MeToo movement, and the defendants faced little to no repercussions over the allegations.

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