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Friday, May 31, 2024

First wicket falls in ICC T20 WC 2024

The fastest to claim wickets in ODI reads :  BAW Mendis (Sri Lanka) 19; S Lamichhane of Nepal 22; Ajit Agarkar 23; MJMcClenaghan (New Zealand) 23; Dennis Lillee (Australia) 24 & Hasan Ali (Pak) 24 .. .. and do you know the fastest to 50 in T20I list !!

IPL has provided great opportunity for many youngsters – new stars are born every day.  Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane was initially not a part of the long-list of 1122 players in IPL auction  in 2018. He was, however, later included among the 578 players who eventually went under the hammer. The 18-year-old made history on Jan  2018 when he became the first cricketer from Nepal to sign for an IPL team. Lamichhane was bought by Delhi Daredevils coached by Ricky Ponting, for his base price of 20 lakh. Lamichhane first made an impact at the U-19 World Cup in 2016, where he claimed a hat-trick in Nepals defeat of Ireland.

ICC T20I WC 2024 is all set to start and now  comes the news that Nepal legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane will miss the T20 World Cup 2024 after his visa application to the USA was rejected for a second time.

His initial application was turned down last week, following which the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) and the Nepal government intervened on his behalf, but despite their efforts he was turned down again.

"Despite taking necessary initiatives, along with the diplomatic note, from the government of Nepal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports, National Sports Council, CAN and International Cricket Council (ICC) for cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane's visit to participate in the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in the United States and West Indies, the US Embassy has expressed its inability to give travel permission (visa) to national player Lamichhane to play the World Cup," CAN said in a statement.  The board said it remains committed though to helping Lamichhane secure a visa for future travel to the US.  

"The US Embassy in Kathmandu and other US consular posts around the world have made a concerted effort to ensure that members of national cricket teams who qualify for the appropriate visa class are able to travel in time to compete in the World Cup," a spokesperson of the US Embassy in Kathmandu said last week, according to Kathmandu Post. "We cannot comment on individual visa cases as visa records are confidential under US law."

Probable reason :  in Oct 2022 - Sandeep Lamichhane was  taken into custody by police in Kathmandu in response to the arrest warrant that had been issued in his name over an alleged case of coercion.  Sandeep immediately took to social media stating it was conspiracy and wrongful allegation and that he would fully cooperate with the investigation and fight a legal battle.  In May 2024, he was acquitted of rape by the Patan High Court in Nepal, allowing him to resume playing cricket   

When news of Lamichhane's arrest warrant was made public,   he was in the West Indies, taking part in the Caribbean Premier League. Back then, he had said he would leave the CPL and return to home to face the "baseless allegations". Lamichhane,  is by far Nepal's most high-profile cricketer, and the only one to have played in T20 leagues in most parts of the world, including in the IPL, the BBL, the PSL, the BPL, and the CPL.  Lamichhane was Nepal's captain at the time of the arrest warrant, a position he has since lost, having been suspended by the board following the surfacing of the allegations

The Fastest 50 wickets in T20I list reads :  D Maisuria (Botswana) 22; Syazrul Idrus (Malaysia) 25; Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka) 26; MR Adair, (Ireland) 28; AR Ramjani (Uganda) 28 &  S Lamichhane (Nepal) 29.  

With regards – S Sampathkumar

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