While the Indian cricketers have largely had a relaxed time in the Caribbean so far, with the squad spending quality time in its pristine beaches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not taken kindly to pictures of a couple of players posing with beer in their hands, urging them to behave as "role models".
According to a report on The Hindu, the BCCI shot off an advisory to the Indian team through their manager Riyaz Bagwan after some of the Indian players were found posing with beer bottles during their outing to St Nevis, a popular beach, during their break between the two scheduled warm-up fixtures.
"Some of the BCCI officials aren’t happy with players posting such images on social media. There has been no written communication, but the manager has been asked to send a message to the players to ensure that nothing that could set a bad example should be posted online," a BCCI official was quoted as saying in the report.
The picture in question featured Karnataka batsman KL Rahul as well as speedster Umesh Yadav and all-rounder Stuart Binny. The original post has been deleted from Twitter following BCCI's reaction.
"Many kids blindly follow the star cricketers’ actions on and off the field, so our boys have got to always keep that in mind. They should always consider the sense and sensitivities of Indian cricket fans," said another BCCI official in the report.
India are currently playing a three-day warm-up match against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President's XI in Basseterre, and were in firm control of the proceedings thanks to the all-round heroics of Ravindra Jadeja.
Rahul, one of the players in question, has struck two consecutive half-centuries in practice games in the tour so far, looking set to seal a spot in the main XI for the first Test that starts on 21 July.
Published Date: Jul 16, 2016 03:51 pm | Updated Date: Jul 16, 2016 05:25 pm