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Fact Check: Viral Clip Claiming Shreyas Iyer’s Annual Contract Terminated For Not Shaking Hands With PM Modi Is Misleading

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After the Indian batsman, Shreyas Iyer, lost his annual player contract with Team India (Senior Men) for the 2023–24 season, a video surfaced on social media showing Iyer standing alongside KL Rahul, who was shaking hands with PM Modi after the World Cup final defeat. Some users have suggested that Shreyas Iyer lost his contract because he did not shake hands with the prime minister. 

A Facebook user posted the video with a caption: “Then: Didn’t Shake Hand with Modi Showed Attitude to Him. Now: Removed From BCCI’s Contract List”

You can check the above post here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the claim, and found it to be misleading. 

Searching for the video of PM Modi meeting the Indian cricket team, our team found the full video on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s official YouTube channel, dated November 21, 2023, with a title: PM Modi comforts Indian Cricket G.O.A.T.s after the World Cup Final | #TeamIndia 🇮🇳

In the full video, at the 01:20 minute mark, Iyer can be seen shaking hands with the PM. However, the viral video circulating online does not present the complete context of the interaction.

Although the BCCI has not yet provided specific reasons for Iyer’s removal, it is believed that the board was not pleased with certain senior players not participating in domestic cricket during periods when they were not representing the national team. This dissatisfaction purportedly led to Iyer’s exclusion from the contract.

According to the BCCI statement, “The BCCI has recommended that all athletes give precedence to participating in domestic cricket during periods when they are not representing the national team.”  

You can check the above statement here.

Thus, it is clear that the viral video in question is MISLEADING.  

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