The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Anti-Corruption Unit (BCCI-ACU) has a zero-tolerance policy against corruption and is keeping a close eye on the ongoing second half of the IPL 2021 taking place in the UAE. However, Punjab Kings (PBKS) batsman Deepak Hooda has come under their scanner.
The BCCI-ACU headed by Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala will be investigating a match-day social media post made by Deepak Hooda on his official Instagram account and checking it for any violations of the anti-corruption guidelines.
Hooda had posted a photo ho himself wearing the Punjab Kings (PBKS) helmet ahead of their match against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on September 21, 2021. The post was made on Instagram around 2 pm.
He wrote: “Here we go @punjabkingsipl #pbksvsrr #ipl2021 #saddapunjab.”
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“ACU will look into this post. Our restrictions are that there shall not be any talk about the composition of the team,” Speaking to 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 also confirmed that all the players have been given a guideline of do’s and don’ts on social media.
Approaches If Any Will Be Made Through Social Media: Former ACU Chief Ajit Singh Said Before The IPL 2020
The BCCI-ACU has been closely monitoring the players’ and franchise’s social media accounts as they feel with the advent of technology, approaches might be made via various social media platforms. Ajit Singh, who was the BCCI ACU chief during the IPL 2020, which was entirely played in the UAE, had elaborate on how this social media monitoring works and why it is done.
“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 last year.
He was also clear that though the PR teams handle players’ social media, the players themselves had to be responsible for what they are posting and not make any mistakes.
“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.
PBKS lost a narrow game by 2 runs against RR in Dubai.