'No Audio Was Either Recorded Or Broadcast': Star Sports Replies To Rohit Sharma's 'Privacy Breach' Allegation

'No Audio Was Either Recorded Or Broadcast': Star Sports Replies To Rohit Sharma's 'Privacy Breach' Allegation

Rohit Sharma was seen asking the broadcasters to shut down the audio while recording him during his chat with Kolkata Knight Riders' Abhishek Nayar after an IPL fixture.

PTIUpdated: Monday, May 20, 2024, 06:57 PM IST
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IPL broadcaster Star Sports on Monday denied airing the audio of any personal conversation involving Rohit Sharma after the Indian captain accused the channel of "breaching" his privacy despite his requests to stop the recording.

Rohit was seen asking the broadcasters to shut down the audio while recording him during his chat with Kolkata Knight Riders' Abhishek Nayar after an IPL fixture.

On Sunday, he accused the channel of airing a private conversation.

Channel denies charge in statement

"The clip, taken during a training session on May 16 at Wankhede stadium, for which Star Sports had authorised access, momentarily showed the senior player in conversation with his friends on the sidelines. No audio from this conversation was either recorded or broadcast.

"The clip, which only showed the senior player requesting for the audio of his conversation to not be recorded, got featured in Star Sports' live coverage of pre-match preparations and lacked editorial relevance beyond this," the channel stated.

Star Sports has always adhered to the highest standards of professional conduct while broadcasting cricket all over the world. Respect for players’ privacy while bringing fans, moments of intense action and preparations, sits at the core of this ethos, which the broadcaster remains committed to.

The sequence of events began when the Kolkata Knight Riders shared a video featuring Rohit Sharma and assistant coach Abhishek Nayar.

The video included audio of a light-hearted chat between the two, which was later deleted. Subsequently, during a live training session on Star Sports, Rohit Sharma was seen asking the cameras not to record any audio of his conversations with friends on the sidelines.

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

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

"Respect for players’ privacy while bringing fans, moments of intense action and preparations, sits at the core of this ethos, which the broadcaster remains committed to," it stated.

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