Maintain dignity of Indian team, stung BCCI tells Kohli

Maintain dignity of Indian team, stung BCCI tells Kohli

Following an official protest to its president Jagmohan Dalmiya and a bad press over Virat Kohli’s unprovoked outburst against a journalist here on Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India took cognisance of the incident and told Kohli to “maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times, and avoid any such behaviour in the future.”

The star Indian batsman, it can be recalled, had launched a tirade against a reporter from a national daily in a case of mistaken identity. Kohli mistook the journalist he targeted for another scribe from another daily which had published an article about him and his actress girlfriend Anushka Sharma. Upon realising his mistake, Kohli had sent out an apology through another Indian journalist. The concerned journalist and the daily had lodged their protest with both the BCCI and the ICC on Wednesday even as a statement from the team’s media manager RN Baba denied the use of abusive language.
 
“The BCCI has taken note of the incident that occurred at Perth a couple of days ago,” said a release from the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur on Thursday. “The BCCI has been in touch with the Indian team management on this issue, and has advised that this kind of incident should not be repeated.”

Without as much censoring Kohli, the release sought to convey that the batsman has been told to mend his ways. “The player in question has been told to maintain the dignity of the Indian team at all times, and avoid any such behaviour in the future,” it added.
In a damage control exercise, the BCCI praised the media’s role in spreading the game in the country. “The BCCI respects the role played by the media in covering and popularising the game of cricket, and acknowledges the support of the media in its mission to administer and promote the game of cricket in India. The BCCI would like to request the concerned parties to move on, and focus on the Indian cricket team’s campaign in the ongoing ICC CWC 2015.”

Earlier in the day, R Ashwin too highlighted media’s role in taking the game to the people. “Media is here to support us,” said the off-spinner on Thursday. “It's very heartening to see the media turn up in so many huge numbers and try to support us. But, and this is my take on it, I think the media has a responsible way of taking cricket back home in a responsible fashion, taking cricket to the public in the way it needs to.”

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