BCCI ACU to Investigate Deepak Hooda’s social media post for violating anti-corruption guidelines

The match between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals was worth all the penny as the latter team’s pacer Kartik Tyagi gave away just one run in the last over to script a miraculous win for his side.

While Punjab Kings all-rounder Deepak Hooda couldn’t do much in his first assignment of Indian Premier League 2021’s UAE leg, he grabbed attention due to a different reason. Hooda’s social media post ahead of the game against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday (September 21) has put him under the scanner.

Hours before the game against the Sanju Samson-led side, Hooda took to Twitter and posted a picture that shows him putting on the team helmet. “Here we go @punjabkingsipl #pbksvsrr #ipl2021 #saddapunjab,” he wrote in the caption. As the officials suspect this post violates the anti-corruption guidelines, the ACU team will investigate into the matter. An ACU official said while the Instagram post missed the team, they will definitely look into it to see if it violates the rules set by the BCCI, ACU.

However this post is probably in violation of the BCCI guidelines, which clearly states that there shall not be any talk regarding the composition of a team before the match. “ACU will look into this post. Our restrictions are that there shall not be any talk about the composition of the team,” the official said.

Former ACU Chief Ajit Singh had said last year that his team will be closely monitoring the social media posts of players to ensure there are no external approaches through the medium. He also said that while PR teams handle the social media accounts in some cases, players must also keep an eye to ensure there was no letup from their side. In Hooda’s case, it is not yet known whether it was the cricketer who shared the post or it was done by some PR agency handling his account.

Meanwhile, Hooda failed to make a mark against Rajasthan Royals. He bagged a two-ball duck as Punjab narrowly lost the game by two runs in Dubai.

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