Star Sports denies airing ‘audio’ of Rohit Sharma's private chat after India captain lashes out at IPL broadcaster | Crickit

Star Sports denies airing ‘audio’ of Rohit Sharma's private chat after India captain lashes out at IPL broadcaster

May 20, 2024 07:48 PM IST

Rohit Sharma, on Sunday, accused IPL broadcasters Star Sports of airing a private conversation.

The Indian Premier League broadcaster Star Sports released a statement after Rohit Sharma made scathing allegations on the channel that he was "breaching" his privacy despite his request not to record a video. The broadcasters stated that they didn't air the audio of any personal conversation involving the senior star.

Rohit Sharma was not impressed with the IPL broadcasters.(AFP)
Rohit Sharma was not impressed with the IPL broadcasters.(AFP)

A video went viral in which Rohit was seen asking the broadcasters not to record the audio of him having a chat with former Mumbai Indians star Dhawal Kulkarni. Meanwhile, after the clip went viral, Rohit posted a note on social media and accused the channel of airing a private conversation and breaching his privacy.

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The channel denied the charge in a statement.

"A clip involving a senior Indian player and his post on social media have gained prominence since yesterday. The clip, taken during a training session on May 16 at Wankhede stadium, for which Star Sports had authorised access, momentarily showed the senior player in conversation with his friends on the sidelines," Start Sports stated.

The broadcasters asserted that the audio of the conversation was not recorded.

"No audio from this conversation was either recorded or broadcast. The clip, which only showed the senior player requesting for the audio of his conversation to not be recorded, got featured in Star Sports’ live coverage of pre-match preparations and lacked editorial relevance beyond this," it added.

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Earlier, a video of Rohit and Abhishek Nayar chatting went viral after being posted on KKR's social media handle. The conversation between the two players led to speculations about the Indian captain's future with the Mumbai Indians. However, the franchise later deleted the video.

Meanwhile, Rohit on Sunday lashed out at Star Sports for not breaching privacy despite his request of not recording the audio. He warned that airing private conversations could "break the trust" among the various stakeholders, making his stance clear on the matter.

However, the channel said it respects the players' privacy and

"Star Sports has always adhered to the highest standards of professional conduct while broadcasting cricket all over the world. Respect for players’ privacy while bringing fans, moments of intense action and preparations, sits at the core of this ethos, which the broadcaster remains committed to," Star Sports concluded.

Meanwhile, Rohit had a mixed IPL 2024 with Mumbai Indians as he scored 417 runs at an average of 32.07 and a strike rate of 150. He hit century and fifty, with the best score of 105* as the five-time champions finished at the bottom of points table with just four wins in 14 matches.

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