The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has a zero-tolerance policy in terms of corruption, especially in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) — headed by Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala — is currently keeping a close eye on the IPL 2021 being played in UAE. And a post by Punjab Kings batsman Deepak Hooda afternoon ahead of Punjab’s game against Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be investigated by the ACU team to make sure that he hasn’t breached any anti-corruption guidelines.
As per the quotes in ANI, an ACU official said while the Instagram post missed the team, they will definitely look into it to see if it violates the rules set by the BCCI ACU.
The official informed, “ACU will look into this post. Our restrictions are that there shall not be any talk about the composition of the team.” Deepak Hooda had on Tuesday taken to Instagram around 2 pm and posted a picture that shows him putting on the team helmet. He wrote: “Here we go @punjabkingsipl #pbksvsrr #ipl2021 #saddapunjab.”
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Asked if there has been any discussion on how cricketers should react to social media messages, the ACU official said: “There is a guideline on the dos and don’ts.”
Former ACU chief Ajit Singh ahead of last year’s IPL in UAE had said, “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.”
IPL 2021: BCCI ACU to check Deepak Hooda's match-day post to decide if it violates guidelines
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The former chief had also clarified that while PR teams handle some of the players’ social media accounts, the players needed to be careful to ensure that a silly mistake doesn’t happen from their side.
The former chief explained, “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.”
The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year has finally resumed in the UAE on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.