MUMBAI: Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami has got a major boost after he was cleared by the BCCI of match-fixing charges levelled against him by his wife Hasin Jahan, who had claimed that the cricketer had received unaccounted money from a Pakistani woman.
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With this development the path has been cleared for his participation with Delhi Daredevils in the IPL starting April 7. BCCI will now proceed with offering him a Grade ‘B’ annual retainership contract, which will make him richer by Rs 3 crore.
Shami has taken 110 wickets in the 30 Tests he played so far while accounted 91 scalps in 50 ODIs. Shami also featured in 7 T20Is in which he managed eight wickets.
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The BCCI had decided to withhold Shami’s contract after Jahan made a series of allegations, including adultery and domestic violence, and lodged a police complaint against him. Shami has denied all the allegations.
“The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had requested Mr Neeraj Kumar, former Police Commissioner of Delhi and Head of BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit, to investigate the allegations against Mohd. Shami in so far as they pertain to the provisions of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code,” BCCI stated in a media release.
“Mr Neeraj Kumar has submitted his confidential report to the CoA. Based on the conclusions in the said report, the CoA is of the view that no further actions/proceedings under the BCCI anti-corruption code are warranted in the matter.
“For this reason, the BCCI shall proceed with offering a Grade ‘B’ annual retainership contract to Mohd. Shami,” the release further stated.
The BCCI top brass had always maintained that they will not sit in judgement about Shami’s personal life. The charges of adultery and domestic violence are being investigated by the Kolkata Police and that is out of the Board’s purview.
“This is a very good news for Shami and for Indian cricket. The charges of corruption against him looked too far-fetched. He has been a committed player for India. The BCCI is happy that he has come clean after a thorough investigation by its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). It is only fair that he can now earn his livelihood as a professional cricketer and should be back in the field for the upcoming IPL.” BCCI’s acting president said.
IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua was also happy with the development as Shami is an integral part of their bowling unit.
“I have just received the confirmation from the BCCI that Shami has been absolved of all charges related to corruption allegations. It’s a welcome news for the franchise and we are happy to have him back. We expect him to join the camp from the very first day,” Dua said.
“When it came to corruption charges, we never had an iota of doubt that Shami is innocent. He is an honest cricketer and would have never done any such thing. We even spoke to Shami during this period. But we also have to follow the instructions of BCCI. It was only fair that the matter was investigated and he has come out clean,” Dua added.
(With PTI inputs)
Source : timesofindia