Bangladesh batter Litton Das issued an apology on social media on Monday, October 16 for his outburst at the Bangladeshi media contingent in Pune ahead of their ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match against India. He expressed that he respects the media, and is sorry for the whole incident, involving the Bangladeshi media contingent.
The incident took place at the Bangladesh team’s hotel in Pune, Hotel Conrad when a group of journalists from Bangladesh were present in the lobby. Litton Das took offence to the presence of journalists in the team hotel. He complained to the security guards, who then asked the journalists to leave the premises. The batter has received a considerable amount of flak for his outburst. On Monday, he took to social media to apologise for the incident.
“I apologise whole-heartedly for the incident that took place in the team hotel yesterday. Actually, I did not realise that a lot of journalists were present there. I am extremely sorry for the sudden mishap. I am always respectful towards the media. Journalists have played a big role in the development of Bangladesh cricket,” wrote Litton Das on Facebook.
“It was rude behaviour from Litton Das” – Aasif Iqbal, Senior Reporter
A senior reporter, Aasif Iqbal expressed that Litton Das’ behavior was rude and uncalled for. He expressed that it was an insult to the Bangladeshi journalists. He also added that the journalists are allowed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to interact with the players, and also cited examples of Taskin Ahmed and Mahmudullah who spoke with them. The journalist said to Daily Cricket,
“It was rude behaviour from Litton. We were insulted in some way and it was not possible for us to accept it. Journalists will be there where Bangladesh cricket goes. The ICC allowed us to talk to the players. Taskin (Ahmed) and Mahmudullah talked to us, but the way Litton behaved was unacceptable. He then asked the security what the media persons were doing. Just because he is not scoring runs doesn’t mean that he will misbehave with us.”