Sandeep Lamichhane Boycotted by Scot players; refused to shake hands

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After the end of the game, the cricketers of the two teams exchange greetings with each other. They shake hands or pat each other on the back. This image of courtesy is very common in any sport. Exceptions sometimes occur. As happened in the cricket match between Scotland and Nepal. The two teams faced each other in the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 series match. After the match organized in Kathmandu, the cricketers of the two teams exchanged greetings. However, Scotland cricketers refused to shake hands with a Nepali cricketer. His name is Sandeep Lamichhane.

Scotland’s cricketers refused to shake hands with the leg-spinner as accused of rape. The Scot players ‘boycotted’ him. They did not say anything to him either. According to sources in Scotland camp, they did not exchange any greetings with accused Lamichhane as a protest against incidents like rape and violence against women. The opinions of most of the team’s players and coaching staff have been given weight. The Nepal cricket team got this information in advance to avoid any untoward situation.

Lamichhane faced accusations of raping a minor girl in a hotel last August. The High Court however recently granted him bail in exchange of a personal bond of 20 lakh Nepalese rupees after spending several months in jail. The Nepal Cricket Association exiled Lamichhane after allegations of rape. His deportation was revoked after he got bail. He then returned to the national team. Now the One Day World Cup Qualifier is taking place under the umbrell of a Tri-Series in Nepal. Nepal Cricket Association has returned Lamichhane to the team for this competition. The former Nepal captain however played his first international match against Namibia on Tuesday after being granted bail.

We are aware and alert about the allegations and cases against Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal : Scottish Cricket Association

Before the start of the competition, the Scottish Cricket Association issued a statement about Lamichhane. They said,

“We are aware and alert about the allegations and cases against Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal. All members of the organization’s governing body and team are against such incidents. We are against any harassment. Such incidents have no place in modern society. Who will play or not will depends on the rules of the Nepal Cricket Association and ICC.”

Even though Scotland cricketers did not return the courtesy, Lamichhane caught the eye with the ball in Friday’s match. He took 3 wickets with 27 runs. Lamishane also took 3 wickets with 66 runs against Namibia last Tuesday.

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