Team India’s brief limited-overs series in Zimbabwe was hit by a controversy after an official associated with one of the sponsors was arrested for an alleged rape even though he has pleaded innocence to the charge.
The Zimbabwean media had reported of an unnamed Indian cricketer being arrested on charges of rape. According to the reports, India’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, R Masakui had tried to prevent the player’s arrest on Saturday night at a Harare hotel.
However, official sources in India denied the report, stating that the person arrested was in fact affiliated to one of the sponsors of the ongoing limited-overs series. “Regarding media reports of an Indian cricketer being involved in an alleged case of rape in Harare, we have spoken to our Ambassador to Zimbabwe. The report is totally false. No Indian cricketer is involved,” the sources said.
“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.
The BCCI has denied to make a comment, saying the board is yet to ascertain 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.