Indian Pacer Mohammed Shami’s Fate Hangs on investigation report of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Anti-Corruption Unit
Indian pacer Mohammad Shami’s cricketing fate hangs in balance. The Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI) has said that it will decide on what to do about the pace bowler after it gets the report form its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
Mohammed Shami has been dealt a double blow after his wife Hasin Jahan filed a criminal case against him in Kolkata and hinted at match-fixing based on Shami’s relations with a suspicious Pakistani man. He has also been left out of the annual Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) contract soon after the row with his wife became public.
Following the allegations made by Hasin Jahan, the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) was asked to investigate into the matter in a letter by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). A seven-day deadline was given to the CoA, which is headed by Vinod Rai, for it to investigate the matter and present a report, said BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna.
“We will wait for the report of ACU on Mohammed Shami before deciding anything. We are expecting that the report will come within a week,” Khanna said following a meeting of the Indian Premier League’s Governing Council body held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) had taken serious note of the match-fixing hints raised by Hasin Jahan and had asked the matter to be investigated by the ACU even though Jahan had later retracted from the allegations of match-fixing against Shami.
Earlier last week, the Kolkata police had registered a case against Shami following the receipt of a written complaint from Jahan. Shami’s wife had claimed that Shami had been engaged in an illicit romantic relationship and that she had been physically and mentally harassed and abused. During a stint of a number of allegations placed against Shami by Jahan, the cricketer’s wife had also alleged that there were possibilities that Shami was involved in match-fixing.
Following the filing of the FIR, cases under a number of non-bailable sections of the IPC – that includes Section 498A – related to physical torture of a wife by her husband and his relatives, Section 307 – attempt to murder, Section 323 – causing hurt to an individual voluntarily, Section 376 – rape, Section 506 – criminal intimidation, Section 328 and Section 34. The FIR also has the names of Shami’s near relatives as the other accused.
Shami is slated to play for Delhi Daredevils this IPL season and had been bought for Rs 3 crores.
Additionally, the allegations of infidelity and domestic violence leveled against Shami by his wife resulted in the BCCI holding, for the time being, his yearly central contract.
Meanwhile, all of the allegations made by his wife have been rubbished by Shami and claimed that his wife was being misled by someone.
Among the other decisions taken by the BCCI at the IPL meeting, it was decided to allocate Rs 18 crore for the opening ceremony of the cricketing event.
“The finance team of BCCI has decided that Rs 18 crore will be spent on the opening ceremony even though the sanctioned budget was Rs 30 crore,” Khanna said.
The BCCI has kept on standby at the newly-constructed stadium in Lucknow and Rajkot as contingency grounds in case of any problems at the other venues. IPL play-off matches have been awarded to Pune.