The second-string Indian cricket team’s tour of Zimbabwe was on Sunday struck by a controversy after it emerged that two men have been arrested on charges of rape, however the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur dismissed the reports by saying that there is no truth in this allegation.
The storm erupted after the Zimbabwean media reported that an unnamed Indian cricketer had been arrested on charges of rape.
The reports stated that India’s ambassador to the African nation, R Masakui, had tried to prevent the player’s arrest at a Harare hotel.
However, Masakui outrightly rejected the media speculation by clarifying that the people arrested were not associated with the Indian squad which is currently engaged in a limited-overs series against Zimbabwe.
One of the two arrested persons is an official associated with one of the sponsors of the series.
“This is an unfortunate incident. However, this is to clarify that no cricketer is involved in this. We are seeking Counsellor access to persons and the Indian Embassy in Harare is following up with this case and will inform the government of India of the developments,” Masakui said.
The BCCI also stepped in to clarify that none of its players or officials were involved in the alleged incident.
“There is no truth in these allegations. There is no Indian cricketer or any match official involved in this. They have nothing to do with the incident. And if any individual is involved who is not a part of the BCCI or the team, we can’t comment on that,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur said.
“I just want to make it clear that BCCI employees or the match officials or even the players have nothing to do with this incident,” he added.
Official sources in India also denied the reports that set the social media abuzz.
With Inputs From PTI