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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ridiculed all the fresh media reports that point out certain Indian players reaching out to BCCI for Virat Kohli’s captaincy terms. Over all these obscure and unsubstantial reports published by the top outlets, the Indian board is peeved.

Several reports have come up after Virat Kohli’s decision to step down from the T20I captaincy. The media outlets putting twos and twos together, earlier published that Virat went to the BCCI in a proposal to remove Rohit Sharma from the vice captain’s role, which in turn didn’t go well with the board. However, during recent times, it is being reported that Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara went on to BCCI secretary Jay Shah as they were not pleased with Virat’s captaincy.

Several other reports have been published which clearly states that BCCI forced Virat to leave his T20I captaincy and in coming times he will also withdraw from his ODI captaincy.

Nullifying all these claims from the media outlets, BCCI on record said that there were no written or verbal complaints from the players and asked the media to stop publishing rubbish things. 

“The media must stop writing this rubbish. Let me say this on the record that no Indian cricketer has made any complaint to the BCCI – written or verbal. The BCCI can’t keep answering every false report that keeps appearing,” said Arun Dhumal, BCCI treasurer.

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After seeing Mumbai Indians’ middle order performance in the ongoing phase two of the IPL 2021, reports of change in India’s World Cup squad began making rounds that were completely false, as asserted by Arun Dhumal.

“The other day, we saw some reports saying there will be changes in India’s World Cup squad. Who said that?”, he added.

The senior BCCI official also added that such rubbish reporting will only damage the Indian cricket and BCCI’s image. It’s completely under the rights of journalists to make or pen down their thoughts and opinions, however, publishing something which is controversial using a specific cricketer’s name without proper evidence is not good and will hurt them.

“This kind of reporting harms Indian cricket more than anything else. We can understand if senior journalists – who have followed the game for a very long time and tracked it so devotedly – believe the Indian team should do this or do that. That’s an opinion and we respect that. It’s an observation and that’s their job. I myself enjoy reading good reports. But to concoct tales and say this person said this or that person said, without substantiating it, is not done,” Dhumal added.

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