IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils Officials Keeping a Close Tab at Mohammed Shami’s Situation
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils is keeping an eye on the Mohammed Shami’s fiasco.
The ongoing week was marred by allegations on the Indian fast bowler made by his wife, Hasin Jahan.
Hasin accused her spouse of illicit affairs, match-fixing, physical and mental torture, and attempt to murder and rape made by Shami’s family members.
Shami has been charged under sections 498 A, 323, 307, 376, 506, 328, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
One of them being attempt to murder by “food poisoning and physical attack”. The rape charge was levelled against Shami’s elder brother.
“Look Daredevils management can’t take any unilateral decision in this matter. All players who play in the IPL have a tripartite contract involving the franchise, BCCI and the player,” commented a senior Daredevils’ official according to TOI.
During the IPL auction, Daredevils used their Right to Match card to retain India’s premier Test bowler. Other franchises such as Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore were interested in the services of the UP-based seamer.
“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,” added the official.
Daredevils had to shell out INR 3 crores to retain Shami in their squad. Shami is freshly coming off a successful South African where he picked up 15 wickets in the three matches.
Daredevils protective about their brand: BCCI official
Earlier, BCCI announced grade-wise hikes for its centrally contracted player. Interestingly, Shami’s name was not included amongst the B-graded players, due to the accusations levelled by his better half.
“In these sensitive times, when people are raising their voice against domestic abuse and violence, unless Shami comes out clean, the franchise’s image will also take a beating,” suggested a BCCI official.
“If Delhi Daredevils are worried, they certainly have reasons to do so. They have created a brand and would be protective about that,” concluded the office-bearer.