Sandeep Lamichhane will join the Nepal squad in Dubai for the Cricket World Cup League 2 series against the United Arab Emirates and Papua New Guinea as an injury replacement for Mousom Dhakal.
According to the official Twitter account of the Cricket Association of Nepal, Dhakal injured his right shoulder while batting in the nets, and the team management included their former skipper after getting approval from the court.
Sandeep Lamichhane will be travelling to the UAE to join Team Nepal as a replacement for injured Shyam (Mousam) Dhakal, who was injured during net practice.— CAN (@CricketNep) March 1, 2023
Mousam suffered a shoulder injury while batting in the net practice session on February 28, 2023.#CWCL2 #weCAN pic.twitter.com/z2rjbZpddN
"Sandeep Lamichhane will be travelling to the UAE to join Team Nepal as a replacement for injured Shyam (Mousom) Dhakal, who was injured during net practice. Mousom suffered a shoulder injury while batting in the net practice session on February 28, 2023,"
The 22-year-old is out on bail after facing charges of sexual coercion of another person and is currently out of jail with the condition that does not allow him to travel out of Nepal. However, the leg spinner approached Nepal's Supreme Court and was permitted to travel earlier this week.
In Nepal's last series against Namibia and Scotland, Lamichhane scalped 13 wickets to guide Nepal over the line. However, his inclusion in the team was met with plenty of objections from both camps as they refused to shake hands post the game, and their cricketing board also issued a statement.
In the ongoing series in Dubai, Nepal have managed to win only one encounter against PNG by four wickets and will look to Lamichhane to inspire them and inch closer to the qualifications.