Amit Mishra
Amit Mishra is facing the heat for his off-the-field incidentsReuters

Indian cricketer Amit Mishra has reportedly informed police that he will be arriving in Bengaluru next week, to record his statements in an alleged sexual assault case.

The leg-spinner has reverted to an SMS sent by the police and has confirmed his availability next week, sources told the Times of India.

Mishra was summoned by the Bangalore Police and an FIR was lodged against him after he reportedly assaulted a woman in a city hotel on the night of 25 September. The incident took place during India's cricket team camp in the garden city between September 21 and 27.

"We wanted to make sure he [Mishra] couldn't claim later that he didn't know about our efforts to contact him, especially when case details hadn't appeared in the media," a senior police officer from Bangalore was quoted by the TOI.

"We've also taken screenshots of the message he has sent for our records."

The police officers have confirmed that the 32-year-old cricketer from Delhi will be giving his statements to the investigating officer, and a chargesheet could be filed against Mishra if substantial evidences are found against him.

Also, the police would be taking both Mishra's and the victim's statements before making the decision.

"We'll hear the versions of both parties. We'll question him on his statement and compare it with the complaint," the police officer continued. "If we find substantial evidence, we'll file a chargesheet. Otherwise, due processes will be followed," he added.

Mishra is a part of the playing XI in today's 4th ODI match for the national side against South Africa in Chennai.

Meanwhile, the victim, reportedly a Bollywood producer named Vandana Jain, has reportedly told the Hindustan Times that she doesn't want Mishra to "suffer too much" and is not keen on ending the cricketer's career.

 

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