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Rohit Sharma slams IPL broadcasters for breaching privacy

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New Delhi: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday lashed out at the Indian Premier League (IPL) broadcasters for “breaching” cricketers’ privacy by recording their conversations with friends and colleagues at training and on match days and then telecasting the contents.

Rohit expressed his disappointment after a video involving him and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Abhishek Nayar, in which the former is seen contemplating his future at the Mumbai Indians (MI), went viral.

“The lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation we are having in privacy with our friends and colleagues, at training or on match days,” Rohit posted on X.

He added, “Despite asking Star Sports to not record my conversation, it was and was also then played on air, which is a breach of privacy.”

“The need to get exclusive content and focused only on views and engagement will one day break the trust between the fans, cricketers and cricket. Let better sense prevail.”

Rohit was seen making a request to the broadcasters to shut down the audio while recording him after his chat with Nayar. The conversation between the two took place after MI’s IPL fixture against KKR on May 11.

The audio of the chat was posted by KKR on their social media handle and fans assumed that the cricketer is speaking about leaving MI after the ongoing season.

Following the controversy, the video was taken down by the Knight Riders’ social media team.

Few days after that, on May 17, Rohit was once again seen having a chat with Dhawal Kulkarni ahead of MI’s fixture against Lucknow Super Giants. Seeing himself being recorded, the opener, with folded hands, requested the broadcaster to turn off the audio as one audio has already got him into trouble.

“Bhai audio band karo haan, already ek audio ne mera waat laga diya (Brother please close the audio, one audio has already made things difficult for me),” said Rohit in the video that also went viral. 

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