Sandeep Lamichhane, the captain of Nepal’s national cricket team, was given an arrest warrant on Thursday by a court, according to the police, after a 17-year-old girl accused him of sexually assaulting her in a Kathmandu hotel room.

According to the case filed at the Police Circle Gaushala here on Tuesday, 22-year-old Lamichhane allegedly took the girl to various places in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur for a visit on August 21 and raped her in a hotel in Kathmandu the same night.

Laimchhane, who has refuted the accusations, was the subject of an arrest order issued by Kathmandu District Court on Thursday. Police have said that they are looking into the situation and gathering information, including CCTV video of the event.

Lamichhane has been removed from the squad, according to a statement from the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN), to expedite the inquiry into the accusation leveled against him.

Lamichhane, who is presently competing in the Caribbean Premier League CPL, made his debut for the Delhi Capitals team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2018, becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to do so. He was just named the team’s captain of Nepal’s national cricket squad.

According to a media source here that cited the CAN authorities, Lamichhane claimed his innocence and refuted the accusations during a phone call with the CAN representatives.