Former Nepal captain Sandeep Lamichhane is set to fly to Dubai to join the Nepalese squad for the remainder of the ongoing CWC League 2 trilateral series against the UAE and Papua New Guinea after the Supreme Court of Nepal overturned a court order barring him from leaving the country on Monday (February 27). The leg-spinner was previously subject to a travel ban as part of his bail conditions while awaiting trial on rape charges. Despite having played in the previous home series against Namibia and Scotland, he was omitted from the touring party for the side’s final League 2 tour to the Emirates.
The high court’s decision to lift the travel restrictions on appeal, overturning an earlier ruling, allows Lamichhane to play the rest of the series, as well as Nepal’s final home series next month and potentially the CWC WC Qualifier Play-off in Namibia at the end of March if Nepal fails to qualify directly for the World Cup Qualifier.
Live Cricket Score reports that Nepal won its first match of the tour earlier today, defeating Papua New Guinea by four wickets. To secure an automatic berth at the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in July, they will likely need to win at least six of their remaining seven games.