How a wrong tweet cut out the fortunes of a young Harpreet Singh?




What's the cost of mistaken identity?
A curious case of mistaken identity looks to have cost Indian cricketer Harpreet Singh at the recent IPL player auction.
On the morning of the IPL auction, a number of Indian news outlets incorrectly reported that batsman Harpreet Singh had been arrested after an incident at a railway station in Mumbai. However it was in fact a cricketer named Harmeet Singh, a left-arm spinner, who'd been taken into custody.
By the time the agencies corrected their mistake, the damage had been done and Harpreet went unsold in the auction.
“We wanted to buy him, but as news came of Harpreet’s arrest, we decided not to do so since it would give the franchise a bad image. But later, when the auction got over, we came to know it was Harmeet and not Harpreet,” a franchise official told The Indian Express.

“I’m mentally disturbed… Mera naam toh kharab ho gaya na (I have got a bad name). How can one clear that? I am getting calls from everyone asking what have you done. I was hoping to be picked up at the IPL auction… When my name came, the franchises must have felt why take a player who is in police custody. I am not bothered about IPL now, it’s gone. But even if you run a search on my name on Google, the first thing that comes up is that I was arrested,” Harpreet told The Indian Express.