Punjab Kings middle order batsman Deepak Hooda has grabbed the watchful eyes of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) because of his recent Instagram post. The apex body of cricket in India-BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) headed by Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawalais keeping a close eye on the IPL 2021 being played in UAE.
Ahead of PBKS clash against RR, the right handed batsman, on Tuesday, shared his pic on Instagram. The picture posted around 2pm showed Hooda putting on the team helmet. The pic captioned: “Here we go @punjabkingsipl #pbksvsrr #ipl2021 #saddapunjab.”The same thing as come under the scanner and will be checked by the ACU team to see if it breached the anti-corruption guidelines.
Speaking to ANI, an ACU official mentioned that while the post didn’t mention the team composition, they will definitely look into it to see if it violates the rules set by the BCCI ACU. “ACU will look into this post. Our restrictions are that there shall not be any talk about the composition of the team,” the official said.
The news agency also inquired how the IPL bound players should react to social media messages that they get from fans and followers on Direct Messages, the ACU official said: “There is a guideline on the dos and don’ts.”
The preceding ACU chief Ajit Singh had said social media interactions were being closely monitored by his team during IPL 2020 as well.
“See, while the number of venues is less, the hurdles of physical movement due to the coronavirus pandemic also means that approaches if any will be made through social media. So, we are going to be closely monitoring the same and ensuring that there is nothing that escapes the team’s eyes,” he had told ANI.
The former chief explicitly mentioned that while PR teams handle some of the players’ social media accounts, the players still need to be watchful as to what they are posting from their side as well.
“Yes, it is handled by their teams in some cases. But at the end of the day, it is their accounts. So, the players must have a team around them which is aware of these things and no sooner they see anything suspicious, they should report the same to us. It has to be a joint effort,” he had explained.
As for Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals match on Tuesday, Sanju Samson’s led Royals won the thriller by two runs courtesy of the Kartik Tyagi’s last over bowling magic.
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