Scotland gamers refuse to shake fingers with Lamichhane

Scotland’s gamers refused to shake fingers with Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane after their three-wicket loss in Kirtipur on Friday, a silent protest to the spinner’s continued presence and participation within the ICC’s Cricket World Cup League 2 collection. The crew shook fingers with each different Nepal participant after the sport, however pointedly refused to take action with Lamichhane.

Lamichhane is at the moment out on bail, going through expenses of sexual coercion. He was cleared to play within the collection which additionally includes Namibia, after CAN (Cricket Association Nepal) lifted a suspension on the granting of his bail. The refusal to shake fingers is the fruits of simmering pressure amongst Scotland and Namibia’s gamers over Lamichhane’s presence. In an earlier recreation, Namibia’s gamers had chosen to fist-bump Nepal’s gamers – together with Lamichhane – however refused to shake fingers post-game.

Though there’s understood to be anger among the many gamers in these two groups, their boards – Cricket Scotland and Cricket Namibia – have solely issued generic statements condemning gender-based violence earlier than the tri-series started, additionally acknowledging that Nepal’s choice was not their concern. The ICC has not commented publicly on his choice.

Scotland had initially deliberate to not come out for handshakes in any respect with the whole Nepal crew however determined to take action whereas conserving their fingers down for Lamichhane, believing that this is able to be a extra highly effective assertion. It is believed Lamichhane had been made conscious of the protest beforehand.

Lamichhane took 3 for 27 within the win, as Nepal recovered from 77 for five after which 177 for six to chase down 275 with three overs to spare. In Tuesday’s opening recreation towards Namibia, Lamichhane took 3 for 66 in a two-wicket win.

Lamichhane’s presence on the pre-series coaching camp drew protests from followers within the nation, in addition to on social media. He was arrested final October on return to Kathmandu after an arrest warrant had been issued in his identify whereas he was on the Caribbean Premier League. He has denied the allegations in a submit on Facebook. Nepal subsequent play towards Namibia on Saturday.

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