Indian batter and former skipper Virat Kohli spoke on Monday about a “terrible” experience he had to endure while in Perth for the on-going T20 World Cup. While he was not there, someone entered his room and all of Kohli’s accessories and wardrobe were put on display. Kohli made a lengthy post on Instagram saying that one’s privacy should be respected and no one should be treated as a “good” for entertainment.
Now, the Hotel — Crown Towers in Perth has issued a statement of its own, stating that all those involved in this incident have stepped down and are cooperating with the Indian men’s cricket team and ICC.
“We sincerely apologize to the affected guest and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure this remains an isolated incident. Crown has taken immediate steps to resolve the issue. The affected individuals have resigned and removed from the Crown” account, and the original video was quickly removed from the social media platform,” the statement said, quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“Crown is conducting an investigation with the outside contractor and will take all further steps necessary to ensure that an incident of this nature does not happen again. We are also working with the Indian cricket team and the International Cricket Council to apologize and will continue to work with them as the investigation progresses,” it added.
In his Instagram post, Kohli had said: “I understand that fans get really happy and excited when they see their favorite players and get excited to meet them and I’ve always appreciated that. But this video here is terrible and I felt very paranoid about my privacy,” Kohli wrote in his Instagram post.
“If I can’t have privacy in my own hotel room, where can I really expect personal space? I’m NOT okay with this kind of fanaticism and absolute invasion of privacy. Please respect people’s privacy and don’t treat them like a commodity for entertainment,” he added.
In the ongoing T20 World Cup, Kohli was in good form, with scores of 82, 62 and 12. His total in the tournament now stands at 156.
Kohli’s knockout against Pakistan was truly special as he scored an unbeaten 82 and brought the team across the line in a difficult 160-run chase. Earlier this year, Kohli had registered his first T20I tonne and it came against Afghanistan in the Asian Cup.
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