The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned journalist, Boria Majumdar, for two years after he ‘intimidated’ Wriddhiman Saha in a WhatsApp conversation this February.
Saha had turned down Majumdar’s request for an interview following which, the latter made comments threatening the 37-year-old wicket-keeper from Bengal. Saha posted tweets of the same on social media, which went viral immediately.
Saha was asked to mention the name of the journalist but he refused to do so in public. The BCCI then contacted him and had a discussion where he revealed everything to the committee.
“I have told the committee everything I know. I have shared all the details with them. I can’t tell you much right now. BCCI has asked me not to talk about the meeting outside as they will answer all your queries,” he had told reporters in New Delhi after the incident.
A 2-year ban imposed on Boria Majumdar in Saha’s case
Now, an order was passed by the BCCI which confirmed that Majumdar has been banned for 2 years. He will not be allowed to interview any player from India or a member of the cricketing associations of a state.
The ban comes after widespread condemnation from the cricketing fraternity calling for the exposure of Majumdar and his consequent banning. Saha had also thanked the fans for showing support after being ‘bullied’.
“I was hurt and offended. I thought not to tolerate such kind of behavior and didn’t want anyone to go through this kind of bullying. I decided I will go out and expose the chat in the public eye, but not his/her name. My nature isn’t such that I will harm anyone to the extent of ending someone’s career.”
“So on grounds of humanity looking at his/her family, I am not exposing the name for the time being. But if any such repetition happens, I will not hold back. I thank each and everyone who has shown support and extended their willingness to help,” he had written on his social media.