With Mohammed Shami going 'underground' amid allegations of domestic violence and attempted murder, the Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI) has said that his contract will be kept on hold untill he gets a clean chit. A BCCI official told India TV that the pacer's contract was withheld after an FIR was lodged against him by his wife Jahan after she allegedly accused Shami for threatening to kill and infidelity.
Hasin pressed charges against Shami on the basis of domestic violence, attempt of murder, rape and being involved in match-fixing.
The BCCI official said in a statement the issue is a matter of the cricketer's personal life and the board has nothing to do with it.
"The BCCI has taken cognisance of all the reports emerging about Mohammed Shami's personal life. It is purely a personal matter and the BCCI has nothing to do with it. However, keeping in mind that the woman in question has met the police commissioner of Kolkata, it is only prudent on BCCI's part to wait for any official inquiry to take place," said the official on the basis of anonymity.
"Hence Mohammed Shami's name, for the time being, has been withheld from the central contracts that were announced on Wednesday. We would like to reiterate this decision has nothing to do with Shami's merit as a player but a safeguard in the prevailing circumstances," he added.
Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils' official had said that they will wait for the BCCI to provide them with a legal opinion before they allow the pacer back in the camp.
"Look Daredevils management can't take any unilateral decision in this matter. All players who play in the IPL have a tri-partite contract involving the franchise, BCCI and the player. Yes, we are well aware of the sensitive situation and we are having discussions with top BCCI officials. There is a clause about any player bringing disrepute but it is for the lawyers to interpret it," said a senior franchise.
After alleging India fast bowler Mohammed Shami of infidelity and domestic violence, his wife Hasin made another shocking revelation on Friday in which she professed that the pacer was involved in match-fixing as well. Jahan alleged that Shami took money also from a Pakistani girl named Alishba, and the amount was delivered to him by a man called Mohammad Bhai, who stays in the United Kingdom.