IPL 2019: Twitter not impressed with CSK signing the rape tainted New Zealand cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn

IPL 2019: Twitter not impressed with CSK signing the rape tainted New Zealand cricketer Scott Kuggeleijn

Kuggeleijn recently made his international debut for New Zealand.

Scott Kuggeleijn
Scott Kuggeleijn. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday announced the signing of New Zealand’s bowling-allrounder Scott Kuggeleijn to replace injured South African bowler Lungi Ngidi in their squad. The 27-year-old who played in four ODIs in 2017 and a couple of T20Is earlier this year, however, is a tainted individual and not many are happy with his inclusion in the CSK squad.

Kuggeleijn faced rape trials in 2016 and 2017

Son of former Kiwi cricketer Chris Kuggeleijn, Scott has a bit of history. He has faced two rape trials in 2016 and 2017 where he was charged with violating a woman’s modesty in a flat in 2015. The first jury couldn’t arrive at a verdict while the second found him not guilty. The allegations came from two different individuals in March and May 2015. However, Scott still faced outrage and during his recent appearance for the Black Caps in a home series against India, signs against him had appeared on the stands after details of the cases emerged.

According to New Zealand’s stuff.co.nz, Scott said to have admitted that the woman had told no at least twice to his persistent attempts to have sex with her and he apologised to her the next day. Also, the defendant’s line of questioning was perceived as outrageous and insensitive.

There is even controversy over the ‘not guilty’ verdict. As per New Zealand Herald: “The New Zealand justice system determined that it was not possible to ascertain beyond a reasonable doubt that Scott Kuggeleijn held a young woman down and raped her. That’s what a not guilty verdict means. That the jury could not be certain – beyond reasonable doubt – whether a crime had been committed.”

There have been a whole lot of controversies surrounding the case and the deafening silence over it has been criticised. And now, the addition of the tainted cricketer in the CSK team has added fuel to the entire episode. Even the New Zealand cricket board was criticised in the past for remaining silent over the case even as Scott went on to make his debut in international cricket.

Here’s how the fans reacted:

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