Yuzvendra Chahal shocked the cricketing world when he alleged that a Mumbai Indians player hung him from the 15th floor in a drunken state back in 2013.
Chahal had made his debut with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and during his stint with the five-time IPL champions, he had faced a tough time as a youngster.
While Chahal did not name the player who hung him from the balcony of a building’s 15th floor, the leg-spinner’s comments from an old Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) podcast, in which he had claimed that Mumbai Indians stars Andrew Symonds and James Franklin, tied his hands and legs and taped his mouth and left him in a hotel room, have now surfaced.
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Chahal was reminiscing about the team’s Champions League T20 victory back in 2011.
The 31-year-old said he spent the night with his hands and legs tied and mouth taped and only when the cleaning staff came the next morning, he was set free.
“It was in 2011 after winning champions League in a Chennai hotel. He (Andrew Symonds) had drunk a lot of “fruit juice” (laughs). I was with him, only. James Franklin and he tied my hands and legs, and said ‘now you have to open’. They were in so much masti they have taped my mouth and forgot all about me. Party got over and in the morning, when a cleaner came, he saw me and freed me. They asked from when have I been here like this and I told them, ‘from the night itself’, Chahal had said on the RCB podcast.
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Reacting to these allegations, Durham Cricket Club has said that they will privately speak to their coach Franklin, who was part of the Mumbai Indians squad in 2011.
According to an ESPNCricinfo report, Durham Cricket Club will privately speak to all the parties involved in the incident mentioned by Chahal.
“We are aware of recent news reports surrounding an incident in 2011 which name a member of our staff,” Durham said in a statement sent to ESPNcricinfo. “As with any matters involving employees, the club will speak privately with all parties involved to determine the facts.”
If true, this sort of behaviour in professional sport is a worrying sign especially if you are a youngster who has just walked into a dressing room filled with big players from all over the world.
Also, it remains to be seen how Mumbai Indians react to the whole issue. They have kept mum on the whole issue since Chahal made these allegations.