The committee of Administrators (CoA) running the BCCI held back Mohammed Shami’s contract on Wednesday following his wife, Hasin Jahan accused him of domestic violence and adultery, which the Indian cricketer has denied. The Indian pace bowler is regular in the Indian Test and limited-overs teams.
The sources revealed that the Supreme Court-appointed CoA which announced new contracts and compensation packages on side of the BCCI for 26 Indian team players on Wednesday will authenticate facts before taking a decision on Shami’s new contract. “Mohammed Shami’s contract has been held back because of reports coming in today. The CoA does not know the truth of the entire thing and wants to verify this. Somebody can say this is a personal issue and the BCCI contract is entirely professional, but there are certain elements of ethics involved. He is not playing for any club, he is playing for India,” the source said. Creating a tough situation for Shami, his IPL franchise, Delhi Daredevils, is probable to follow cricket board directives on the matter.
The Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua told The Indian Express that “Our thinking is very simple. For us the supreme body is the BCCI. So we will go as per the BCCI’s direction and whatever decisions the BCCI takes, we will sit with them and will agree to those. So I think the direction and guidance will have to come from the BCCI”. Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan posted screenshots of alleged conversations between Shami and other women on her Facebook page. Jahan also shared pictures of the fast bowler as “evidence” to support her allegations. The fast pace bowler’s wife also alleged that Shami’s family members tried to kill her and had tortured her for more than two years.
The 27-year-old pace bowler, who is in Dharamshala playing the Deodhar Trophy, denied the allegations. “Whatever is being said about my personal life is completely false. It’s definitely a part of a big conspiracy against me. This is just an attempt to defame me,” Shami said on twitter. It is expected that Jahan might take legal action against Shami and his family members. Jahan’s advocate Zakir Hussain confirmed the legitimacy of the Facebook profile but declined further comment. However, the Kolkata police said that they were still to receive a complaint from her.