Durham has decided to speak privately to head coach James Franklin following allegations that he was involved in the physical harassment of Yuzvendra Chahal when they both played for Mumbai Indians in 2011.
“We are aware of the reports about one of the incidents which happened in 2011. One of our support staff members has been named in the reports,” Durham said in a statement sent to ESPNcricinfo.
“The club will speak privately to the person to determine the facts.” Chahal had alleged that Franklin and Andrew Symonds had “tied his legs, hands and taped his mouth before forgetting about him and leaving him in a room.
Franklin was appointed Durham coach in early 2019, and he played 31 Tests, 110 ODIs, and 38 T20Is for New Zealand. He played 20 games for the Mumbai Indians in the 2011 and 2012 editions. Meanwhile, Chahal’s allegations have shocked the former cricketers Virender Sehwag and Ravi Shastri.