Former principal legal advisor of the Board of Control for Cricket in India Usha Nath Bandyopadhyay said on Monday that it would be “illegal and wrong” if Team India pacer Mohammad Shami’s annual contract was withheld by the allegations made by his wife, Hasin Jahan.
The BCCI decided to withheld his contract after his wife made several allegations. The charges included an attempt to murder, rape, domestic violence and many more. If charges are proved, then Shami will land himself into a pool of water from where he can never return.
However, the fast bowler has denied all the allegations, and until everything is clear to us, it won’t be right to comment.
The BCCI has not clarified that whether the decision was taken by the allegations made by his wife or on merit.
However, it is quite clear that the decision was taken based on the allegations made his wife.
Shami played an integral part in helping India win the final Test against the Proteas in Johannesburg. He has been a permanent member of the Test team, and hence in all likelihood, he should have bagged either an A contract or the B category.
He was removed from the contract list only after the allegations. So even if the BCCI hasn’t made it clear, it is quite obvious that on what basis the decision was taken.
Meanwhile, Usha Nath said that the selection of a player is done on merit and it is pretty baseless if Shami’s contract was withheld because of the allegations hurled towards him by Hasin.
“The selection (of a player) is done on the basis of merit and I have nothing to say if a player’s contract is cancelled on the basis of that.
“If the contract is cancelled on the basis of a complaint by his wife, it would be illegal and wrong. BCCI has no right to cancel the contract on the basis of a complaint filed by his wife,” said Bandyopadhyay.
As per quotes from the lawyer, action can be taken against a person once he is being convicted by the court.