Star Sports breaks silence on Rohit Sharma's 'violation of his privacy' accusation

Rohit Sharma, captain of the Indian cricket team©AFP

IPL channel Star Sports on Monday denied airing audio of any personal conversation involving Rohit Sharma after the Indian captain accused the channel of “violating” his privacy despite his requests to stop recording . A video shared by Kolkata Knight Riders, involving Rohit and KKR assistant coach Abhishek Nayar, in which the former was allegedly seen contemplating his future with Mumbai Indians, had gone viral on May 11. KKR later removed the video from its social media pages. On May 16, Rohit was seen chatting with Dhawal Kulkarni before MI's match against Lucknow Super Giants. The usher asked the broadcaster to mute the sound when he noticed the cameras were pointed at him again.

On Sunday, he accused the channel of broadcasting a private conversation, but Star denied the accusation in a statement.

“The clip, taken during a training session on May 16 at the Wankhede Stadium, which Star Sports had granted access to, momentarily showed the senior player in conversation with his friends on the sidelines. No audio of this conversation was recorded or broadcast.

“The clip, which only showed the senior player requesting that audio of his conversation not be recorded, was featured in Star Sports' live coverage of pre-match preparations and lacked editorial relevance beyond this,” the channel said.

Rohit had called for restraint while recording the on-field moments.

“The need to get exclusive content and focus only on views and engagement will one day break the trust between fans, cricketers and cricket. Let common sense prevail,” Rohit said on Sunday.

The channel said it was committed to protecting players' privacy.

“Respecting the privacy of players while bringing supporters together, moments of intense action and preparation, is at the heart of this philosophy to which the broadcaster remains committed,” he said.

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