Kohli let-off with mild warning after breach of code

Kohli let-off with mild warning after breach of code

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli has been let off with a ‘mild’ warning after he was found to be breaching the BCCI’s anti-corruption code of conduct during his team’s abandoned match against Delhi Daredevils here on Sunday.

During the rain break, Kohli sought out his girlfriend and Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma who was seated in the VIP enclosure adjacent to the dressing room at the Chinnaswamy stadium. As Kohli peeped across the VIP enclosure from the edge of the players’ change room, Anushka walked up to him and the two held a brief conversation.

While the act in itself can be termed naive at best, it was clearly in contravention of the Anti-Corruption and Securities Code (ACSU) that prohibits players and officials from interacting with anyone other than accredited persons when the play is on. Though the rain had held up the game, it was technically still on.

The rule relating to that states thus -- "Whilst outside of the PMOA (Players and Match Officials Area), the Player, Player Support Personnel or Match Official must only communicate with those third parties with whom he/she has permission to communicate and only engage in such communications as are necessary for the completion of such purposes as have been approved."
 BCCI’s anti-corruption unit head Ravi Sawani, it is learnt, has informed Kohli about his breach and let him off with a caution as the offence was deemed to be a minor one.

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