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So-called sports journalists spreading rumours about me: Taskin

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Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed has accused some journalists of publishing news on rumours and without verification.

“It's quite unfortunate that these so-called sports journalists are publishing news based on rumours and without verification and trying to tarnish my image as a player of the national cricket team,” Taskin wrote in a statement on his social media handle on Wednesday.

His allegations came following some media reports on an incident on the day of Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup match against India. On that day, Taksin missed the Bangladesh team bus to reach the stadium for the match.

Clarifying 'what happened on the day of the incident', the pacer wrote, “I admit I woke up later than usual and something for which I have already apologised to the entire team and management.”

“I woke up at 8:37 am and went to the lobby at 8:43 am and as soon as my ride was ready I left our hotel at 9:00 am. I entered the stadium at 9:40 am, 20 minutes before the match toss at 10:00 am. We sang the national anthem at 10:15 am and the match started at 10:30 am.”

Taskin also urged the journalists to publish reports cautiously in future.

“In future, I will address frivolous issues like this legally to ensure no one tries to malign my reputation or integrity as a sportsman or a human being,” he said.

“I believe we all expect ethical and professional journalism to move forward as a nation,” he added.

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