According to reports on Tuesday, Nepali police have asked Interpol for assistance in finding the country’s missing suspended national cricket captain.
After a 17-year-old girl accused Sandeep Lamichhane of rape, a Nepali court issued an arrest warrant for him earlier this month.
The leg-spinner, though, is believed to have stayed in the Caribbean, where he was taking part in a competition.
On Sunday, Interpol issued a “diffusion” alert against him, requesting member nations’ assistance in identifying him.
Tek Prasad Rai, Nepali police spokesperson stated to the media, “We hope this will help the arrest of Lamichhane for the investigation of a rape complaint case against him.”
On social media on Sunday, Lamichhane promised to go back home “as quickly as possible” to refute the charge.
The 22-year-old wrote on Facebook that he was in “isolation” because of his physical and mental health and claimed that the arrest warrant had “made me mentally disturbed.” He did not specify his location, however.
When cricket in Nepal’s hilly region was given one-day international status in 2018, Lamichhane stood as its face.
His big break came in 2018 when the Delhi Capitals signed him for the lucrative Indian Premier League. Since then, he has become the most sought-after cricketer in Nepal.
He was stripped of his role as team captain after the arrest warrant was issued, and he also withdrew from the Caribbean Premier League, where he was competing for the Jamaica Tallawahs.