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MeToo in sports: BCCI CEO Rahul Johri accused of sexual assault

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New Delhi, Oct 13: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has been accused of sexual assault by a female author in the latest case of the #MeToo movement in cricket.

Johri, who was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager (South Asia) for Discovery Network Asia Pacific, before joining as BCCI CEO in 2016 was accused of taking advantage of the victim by offering a job opportunity.

Johri has been named in a Twitter post by author Harnidh Kaur, who shared screenshots of a detailed account of the victim on her Twitter handle @PedestianPoet. Johri was not immediately available for comment.

The victim levelled allegations against Johri saying he had taken her to his place where he said “the final part” of an interview would take place.

“Rahul Johri: Currently the CEO of BCCI – Ex Discovery Channel. Rahul was an ex-colleague. Through the times of partying at Raj’s house, then building a successful media business, and then wading through other channels — Rahul kept in touch with me,” read the screenshot on Kaur’s handle.

https://twitter.com/PedestrianPoet/status/1050804696779300864

During a discussion on possible job, he suddenly got up and asked Kaur to accompany him to his home. She knew his wife, having socially met and invited the couple to her home earlier for dinner. When they reached his house, he took out the key to unlock the door to which Kaur said why he did not inform her that his wife was not home, only to be told what was there to inform.

In the house, after she asked for water, he came to her with his pants down and assaulted her. “Till date I have borne the burden of this sordid incident, blaming myself for this — I have wondered if I had showed I was needy, I don’t think so — but it’s all hazy and confused in my head.

“For years, I have told myself — that was so cheap of me — but the truth is, it was so sudden and so manipulated that I had no chance at even knowing what the hell this was,” the victim further wrote.

This is the third such instance in cricket after Sri Lankan cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga and Lasith Malinga were named.

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IPL2020: Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs

Rajasthan Royals got off to fantastic start in IPL 2020 by registering a comfortable 16-run win over the mighty Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Tuesday. Follow live score and updates of CSK vs RR IPL 2020 match no.5…

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Rajasthan Royals got off to fantastic start in IPL 2020 by registering a comfortable 16-run win over the mighty Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Tuesday. Faf du Plessis hit a fifty but CSK’s required rate kept on climbing. Rahul Tewatia struck twice in one over to RR on top.

This happened after Chennai Super Kings lost openers Shane Watson and Murali Vijay in quick succession to RR spinners – Rahul Tetwatia and Shreyas Gopal – after getting off to a good start . Jofra Archer hit four sixes in the last over as RR ended up with 216 for 7.

Sam Curran got three quick wickets including that of Steve Smith holds as CSK came storming back against after Sanju Samson hit nine sixes but finally fell for 74 as Lungi Ngidi provided the breakthrough for CSK.

MS Dhoni speaks after CSK’s loss

MS Dhoni: “With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not the case. Steve and Samson batted very well. Need to give credit to their bowlers. Once you’ve seen the first innings, you know the length to bowl. Their spinners did well to bowl away from the batsman.”

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IPL 2020: Stuck to basics, didn’t try anything out of the box, says Bishnoi

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Dubai, Sep 21 : Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut on Sunday against Delhi Capitals, has revealed that he was more excited than nervous and all his focus was on to win the game for his side, which didn’t happen.

Kings XI came out on the wrong side of the result in their opening encounter of the 2020 IPL, losing to Delhi Capitals in the Super Over.

Bishnoi ended with impressive figures of 1/22 despite bowling all his overs outside the powerplay, and bowling to the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.

“I was a bit nervous in the beginning, but it was more excitement than nervousness for me to make my debut. I just wanted to do well and help my team win,” said Bishnoi to KXIP.in after the game.

The leggie bowled quicker through the air and kept a tight stump to stump line for the better part of his spell, not allowing the batsmen to free their arms. He was rewarded with the price scalp of Pant during his four-overs spell.

“Bowling against Pant, there was no set plan or strategy in place, I just kept sticking to the basics, didn’t try another out of the box. Just kept bowling how I normally would,” he said.

Kings XI will play their next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday.

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Preity Zinta demands new IPL rules after narrow KXIP loss

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Actress and co-owner of Kings XI Punjab team Preity Zinta has expressed her disappointment over certain cricketing rules at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

The decision irked several people, including KXIP co-owner Preity.

On Sunday, Kings XI Punjab lost to Delhi Capitals in the super exciting second match of the season. However, there was controversy at the very end. During the 19th over of KXIP’s innings, when Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan were batting, the square leg umpire decided a second run taken by Jordan was not complete. However, replays showed Jordan’s bat had crossed the line.

The decision irked several people, including KXIP co-owner Preity.

“I travelled enthusiastically during a pandemic, did 6 days of Quarantine and 5 covid tests with a smile but that one Short Run hit me hard. What’s the point of technology if it cannot be used? It’s time @BCCI introduces new rules. This cannot happen every year.

I’ve always believed in being graceful in a win or loss and in the spirit of the game but it’s also important to ask for policy changes that improve the game in the future for everyone. The past has happened and it’s imp to move on. So Looking ahead and being positive as always,” Preity tweeted.

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