Mumbai | BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur today assured that star batsman Virat Kohli, who created a stir by interacting with his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma during a rain-affected IPL game, will be dealt with as per law and also maintained that no individual is above the game.
Kohli, who lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was spotted chatting with Anushka in the VIP box during a rain break in a league match against Delhi Daredevils at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
According to BCCI’s anti-corruption rules, players are not allowed to interact with anyone other than the dug-out members during a match.
According to the IPL guidelines, the anti-corruption unit issues a notice and they demand explanations. According to it, we did whatever we needed to do. No player is above the game. And whatever the rules of the game say, investigations will happen according to it and it has been like that always, Thakur told reporters here today.
Kohli will lead a 15-member squad in the one-off Test against Bangladesh starting June 10 in Fatullah. Thakur also expressed his satisfaction with the players’ response towards the board’s education policy regarding match-fixing.
At the start of this edition of the IPL, a Rajasthan Royals player was approached by an alleged bookie and he reported the matter to the franchise.
Thakur is pleased with the responsible behaviour of the players. As far the players being approached is concerned, the BCCI education policy is working very well. If someone is being approached by anyone, he has reported back to the anti-corruption unit. I think this is the thing to highlight and admire that the players are reporting back, the HPCA President said.
The BJP MP also spoke of the changes in the administrative front within the BCCI and said it was just the start of a new chapter.If you look in the last two months, you must have seen some change in the BCCI. This is just the beginning, he said. Thakur also pointed out the importance of shifting the focus back to cricket rather than controversies that are over and done with.
Our focus will be to bring the spotlight back on cricket rather than the controversies. I am glad this year the IPL was very successful. The ratings were high, the TV ratings were up by 20 per cent. Even the stadia’s, we saw an increase of 30 per cent as far as the crowd was concerned, he said.
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