BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit to investigate on Deepak Hooda’s match day post to decide if it violates the guidelines

Punjab Kings all-rounder Deepak Hooda who was present in yesterday’s nail-biting fixture at the Dubai International Stadium in UAE failed to impress with the bat. PBKS fell short of two runs while chasing a target of 186. The result shocked people all over the world as Kartik Tyagi bowled a sensational 20th over and pulled off a victory for his side. Tyagi conceded only a run and dismissed Nicolas Pooran and Deepak Hooda as RR won the match by 2 runs.

Deepak Hooda could not impress with the bat as he failed to score a run and was dismissed by Kartik Tyagi in the final over of the game.

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However, the 26-year-old caught the attention for a different reason. Deepak had posted a photo on social media on Tuesday ahead of the match against Rajasthan Royals which has put him under the scanner. In the post, Hooda was seen wearing the helmet.

Hooda posted the picture on Twitter around 2pm and wrote: “Here we go @punjabkingsipl #pbksvsrr #ipl2021 #saddapunjab.”

As per the officials, the post violated the anti-corruption guidelines. However, the ACU team will look into the matter. The post will be checked by the ACU team to see if it breaches the anti-corruption law.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption. The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) -headed by Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala is currently keeping a close eye on the IPL which is being played in UAE.

“ACU will look into this post. Our restrictions are that there shall not be any talk about the composition of the team,” the official was quoted as saying by Cricket Addictor. 

The official was asked about how the players should react to the fans and followers on social media. The official said: “There is a guideline on the do’s and don’ts.”

Former ACU chief Ajit Singh ahead of last year’s IPL which was held in UAE said that social media interactions were being closely monitored by his team.

“See, while the number of venues is less, the hurdles of physical movement due to the coronavirus pandemic also means that approaches if any will be made through social media. So, we are going to be closely monitoring the same and ensuring that there is nothing that escapes the team’s eyes,” Inside Sports quoted Ajit Singh as saying.

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