In a sudden turn of events since yesterday after India suffering a shock defeat to Zimbabwe in the first T20I, more controversy followed through today morning with allegations of an Indian cricketer charged for rape in Harare.
The news went viral through social media as Zimbabwe media reported that an unnamed Indian cricketer had been arrested on charges of rape. Earlier reports also suggested that an official has prevented the arrest of the Indian player in the hotel last night.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur has come out to rubbish all the false reports as he confirmed that there is no Indian cricketer who is associated with the charge.
Thakur was quoted by ANI saying, “There is no truth in this allegation. No one from Indian team is involved in the incident.”
India’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe R Masakui also confirmed the same. “No cricket team member is involved in the incident.”
He gave a further clarification on the issue as he said, “However, 2 Indian nationals have been detained. We are seeking consular access to these 2 persons.”
Sources in the Ministry of External affairs has also confirmed that an Indian was arrested for the charge but it is not a cricketer.
Sources said: “”We have spoken to our Ambassador to Zimbabwe. The report is totally false. No Indian cricketer is involved.”
“An Indian affiliated with one of the sponsors has been arrested. He has also denied the charge and said he is ready for a DNA test to prove his innocence. Our Ambassador is following the matter closely,” they added.
BCCI also refused to comment as they don’t have the exact facts of the issue.“We are keeping a close watch on the development. It is a serious issue. Being aware of the sensitive nature of the issue, the BCCI won’t make comments without ascertaining facts,” said a top Board official on condition of anonymity.