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Rohit Sharma Hits Out At Star Sports For Breaching Privacy

Mumbai: Rohit Sharma has hit out at host broadcaster Star Sports for not respecting the privacy of players in the name of “exclusive content”.

“The lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation we are having in privacy with our friends and colleagues, at training or on match days,” Rohit wrote.

He did not refrain from naming Star Sports, the TV broadcasters of IPL 2024, in his post as he accused them of breach of privacy: “Despite asking Star Sports to not record my conversation, it was and was also then played on air, which is a breach of privacy.

“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.”

Sharma’s criticism follows a recent viral clip where he was seen conversing with Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach Abhishek Nayar at the Eden Gardens before Mumbai Indians’ clash against KKR. In the video, Sharma mentioned how things had changed back home, referring to Mumbai Indians as a “temple” he had built, alluding to the five trophies won under his captaincy.

Another incident occurred before MI’s last league game against Lucknow Super Giants, where Sharma was captured conversing with Dhawal Kulkarni and others at the Wankhede Stadium. Sharma, having spotted the cameraperson, requested them to cease recording the audio to avoid further privacy breaches. However, even this clip of Sharma’s request went viral, prompting his response on social media.

Sharma’s stance underscores the importance of respecting the privacy of players amidst the increasing intrusion of cameras in their personal spaces during cricket broadcasts.

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