Mohammed Shami’s cricketing career can finally witness light at the end of the tunnel after recent accusation jeoparded his professional life.
BCCI possibly decided to release his withheld central contract provisionally.
It was only on Saturday that Shami received the good news of being deemed clear of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Delhi Daredevils.
Shami’s fate now lies at the hands of BCCI’s ACU Chief, Neeraj Kumar who is currently investigating the matter. It is now just a matter of 4-5 days after the submission of the report from the Anti-Corruption Unit which would decide Shami’s future.
“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,” commented a BCCI official close to the matter.
“This concerns 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,” added the official.
The Board affirmed it doesn’t have the right to play with a professional’s life due to events pertaining to his personal life. BCCI received a substantial amount of flak for withholding India’s premier seamer’s Grade B hiked contract.
Shami’s fate resides on the clean chit from Neeraj Kumar
“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, the board doesn’t have the powers to do so,” the official told DNA.
Earlier, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla asserted that provided Shami receives the clean chit from the ACU, he would be allowed to play again.
“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,” IPL Chairman told DNA earlier.
“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,” concluded Shukla.