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Mumbai, May 21: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday played down the controversy stirred by Virat Kohli when he met his girlfriend Bollywood star Anushka Sharma during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, saying no player is above the game. Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli met Anushka in the stands at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru during a rain-break against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday, violating IPL’s anti-corruption code. IPL 2015: AB de Villiers to gift Man of the Match award to Mandeep Singh.
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“According to IPL guidelines, the anti-corruption unit issues a notice and they demand explanations. We did whatever we needed to. No player is bigger than the game. Whatever the rules of the game say, the investigation happen according to it,” Thakur said at a press conference. Kohli is set to lead India in the lone Test to be played in Bangladesh next month. Also Read - IPL 2021 Auction: February 4 Registration Deadline For Interested Players; No Agent, Manager Allowed
Kohli chatted with Anushka in the VIP enclosure adjacent to the players’ dressing room. The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) sent a report to Sawani informing about the violation, the cricket-specific website said in a report. ACSU has been contracted by the BCCI to provide anti-corruption cover during the IPL.
The match was abandoned due to rain. Kohli was informed of the violation by BCCI anti-corruption unit head Ravi Sawani, reports Cricinfo on Tuesday. He was cleared of the charge as the BCCI viewed the digression as minor. The BCCI found Kohli breaching the rule relating to the minimum standards for Players and Match Officials Area (PMOA).