Mohd Shami’s central contract was withheld by the BCCI after his estranged wife Hasin Jahan accused him of accepting money from a Pakistani woman and for being involved in match fixing.
Now it has been indicated that if the investigation conducted by BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) head Neeraj Kumar absolves him of any and all wrongdoings as per the Board’s Code of Ethics.
“The brief is pretty clear. The BCCI’s handbook has an ‘Ethics Code’ for cricketers with a specific clause regarding financial transactions. The ACU is only investigating Shami’s dealings with Mohammed Bhai and Alishba and the alleged monetary exchange his wife is talking about. If Kumar’s report absolves Shami of any wrongdoing, he will be immediately handed back his Central Contract,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday.
“Yes, there are specific allegations levelled against him by his wife. But the Kolkata Police is doing its job and it’s completely their domain. In BCCI, we can’t sit back on judgement on personal life and take away his livelihood. Also board doesn’t have the powers to do so,” the official, who is well acquainted with the judicial process, made it clear.
“It is a hypothetical situation. We can’t sit here and pre-empt what the police authorities would be doing. It is not our job. You never know how long the investigations might take. We will cross the bridge when it comes,” he said on being asked if Shami is arrested by Kolkata police.
The Neeraj Kumar ACU report will also clear the air about Shami playing for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL 2018.
“We have decided that we will go by the report submitted by ACU chief Neeraj Kumar. Based on recommendations, a final decision will be taken. We have nothing to do with anybody’s private life. If he gets a clean chit, then he can play. If he doesn’t, then he won’t. This is what we have decided. The report will come in next four-five days, till then we will wait for the report,” IPL Governing Council Chairman Rajiv Shukla said.
“I am sure the matter will be sorted. It’s a personal thing (of Shami) and I don’t wish to comment,” CAB president Sourav Ganguly said.
(with inputs from PTI)
By Jatin Sharma