Amid the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 in the country, all the citizens have been advised to not step out of home unless there are any urgent requirements. In a country, where cricket is more than just a sport, the cricketers also have a responsibility to set up the right example for the people to take necessary precautious during these unprecedented times. While some players like Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari are using their following in the right way, some cricketers have been found demonstrating irresponsible behaviour. After Prithvi Shaw was caught by police a few days back for travelling without an e-pass, another cricketer recently got caught for violating lockdown norms.
30-year-old batsman slapped with a fine of Rs. 500
KKR cricketer Rahul Tripathi was notably seen driving a car at Khadi Machine Chowk in Kondhwa on Saturday afternoon without wearing a mask. A team of Pune Police, who were inspecting the area, caught Tripathi and handed him a fine of Rs. 500 along with issuing a receipt. “The cricketer Tripathi was not wearing a face mask and was driving around without any reason during the lockdown. There were some other persons in the car,” said senior inspector Sardar Patil of Kondhwa police station.
Last week only, the 30-year-old cricketer had urged the people to wear a mask and stay safe through a post on Twitter. While it was a good act by Tripathi to educate the citizens, he would also want to follow what he said to his fans to set the right example for everyone.
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With IPL 2021 set to resume in September, BCCI and all the franchises would also want all their players to act more responsibly and take all the necessary precautions before and during the tournament to ensure that the remainder of the season can go on smoothly in UAE without any coronavirus outbreak in the bubble.