BCCI plays down Harare controversy, says no cricketer involved

first_imgThe plush Meikles Hotel in Harare, where Indian team is staying during the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe, was the scene of a storm after Zimbabwe media reported that a member of the Indian cricket contingent had been arrested on rape charges. However, no Indian cricketer was ever arrested or even charged.ANURAG THAKUR CLARIFIES BCCI President Anurag Thakur too clarified after multiple reports also emerged in Indian media. “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 part of the BCCI or the team then we cannot comment on that. I just want to make it clear that BCCI employees or match officials or even the players have nothing to do with the incident”, said Thakur. (Also read: No Indian cricketer involved in Zimbabwe rape case, says Anurag Thakur) ACCUSED WILLING TO UNDERGO DNA TESTSources have told India Today that one of the two accused in question is associated to a sponsor for the ongoing series and that he was not even staying on the same floor as the Indian Cricket Team. The accused has also reportedly denied the incident & is willing to undergo a DNA test to prove his innocence. The Harare police meanwhile has produced the accused Indian national in court. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Charity Charamba confirmed the incident, “There are allegations of rape against an Indian national by a Zimbabwe woman,” she said.advertisement”As Police are bound by the law when such serious matters arise and we investigate. We have investigated and forwarded the case to the courts for determination and we wait for the outcome. He appeared in the court today.”‘WAS INVITED FOR DRINKS’According to reports in Zimbabwe media, the victim alleges that she was invited by Indians for drinks in their hotel room on Friday. She claims to have woken up later with bloodied clothing and alleges that she was drugged & abused. The Indian embassy in Harare too is keeping a close eye on the developments.”This is an unfortunate incident, however this is to clarify that no cricket team is involved in this incident. We are seeking consular access to these two persons who are detained & Embassy of India in Harare is following up with this case and will inform the government of India of the developments”, said R Masakui, the Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe.The Men in Blue lost the 1st T20 match against Zimbabwe on Saturday. The final two T20s will be played on 20th & 22nd of June.last_img read more