In­dian cricket spon­sor as­so­ciate ar­rested for al­legedly rap­ing woman in Zim­babwe

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

NEW DELHI—An In­dian na­tional as­so­ci­ated with the spon­sor of India’s three-match ODI and T20 se­ries in Zim­babwe’s Harare was ar­rested for the al­leged rape of a woman, Times of India re­ported on Sun­day. The ar­rested man pleaded in­no­cence to the charge.

Ear­lier re­ports in Zim­bab­wean me­dia al­leged that an un­named In­dian crick­eter had been ar­rested on charges of rape.

Of­fi­cial In­dian sources de­nied the re­ports, say­ing that the ar­rested per­son was af­fil­i­ated with one of the spon­sors of the lim­ited-over se­ries be­ing played in Zim­babwe. “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 said. Board of Con­trol for Cricket in India (BCCI) de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter, say­ing it has yet to as­cer­tain the facts of the in­ci­dent.

“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,” a BCCI of­fi­cial said on con­di­tion of anonymity.—AFP

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