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How a wrong tweet ruined the fortunes of a young IPL aspirant

Harpreet Singh lost out on an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract after it was wrongly tweeted that he was arrested by Mumbai Police. It was another cricketer Harmeet Singh, whoa was arrested for driving a car into Andheri station.

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2017 10:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Harpreet Singh,Indian Premier League,IPL
Harpreet Singh, who has played for India U-19 and Kolkata Knight Riders, will not be part of 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL). (Facebook)

A wrong tweet can lead to misinformation, and that can sometimes lead to bigger trouble. Madhya Pradesh batsman Harpreet Singh has been dealt this reality bite, but only after he lost out on a contract in the lucrative and star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017.

Harpreet, who scored 537 runs in eight matches in Ranji Trophy to be Madhya Pradesh’s second highest run-getter, was not picked by any IPL franchise. The reason was a tweet that said he was arrested by Mumbai Police for driving a car into Andheri Station platform.

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The 25-year-old Harpreet, who was earlier part of Kolkata Knight Riders and Pune Warriors India, was however, not the arrested person, it later emerged. It was, in fact, another cricketer Harmeet Singh, who played for India U-19 and Rajasthan Royals in the past, who allegedly committed the crime.

By then, however, Harpreet had already suffered. He was not picked by any team at the IPL auction and according to a franchise representative the incorrect information about his arrest, reported the Indian Express.

“We wanted to buy him, but as news came of Harpreet’s arrest, we decided not to do so since it would give the franchise a bad image. But later, when the auction got over, we came to know it was Harmeet and not Harpreet,” said a franchise official.

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“I’m mentally disturbed… Mera naam toh kharab ho gaya na (I have got a bad name). How can one clear that? I am getting calls from everyone asking what have you done. I was hoping to be picked up at the IPL auction… When my name came, the franchises must have felt why take a player who is in police custody. I am not bothered about IPL now, it’s gone. But even if you run a search on my name on Google, the first thing that comes up is that I was arrested,” Harpreet told The Indian Express.

First Published: Feb 24, 2017 09:18 IST