Indian pacer Mohammed Shami on Wednesday denied allegations of domestic abuse and adultery made by a Facebook account in his wife Hasin Jahan’s name and dismissed them as a conspiracy to malign him.
The Facebook user, posing as his wife, earlier posted screenshots of WhatsApp and Messenger conversations, which implied that Shami was having extramarital affairs with various women.
She also uploaded photos and phone numbers of the women.
The 27-year-old Indian bowler reacted on Twitter and Facebook and said that all the allegations were completely false.
He posted: “Ye jitna bhi news hamara personal life ke bare may chal raha hai, ye sab sarasar jhut hai, ye koi bahut bada humare khilap sajish hai or ye mujhe Badnam karne or mera game kharab karne ka kosis ki ja rahi hai (all these news reports about our personal lives are completely false. This is a big conspiracy against us and there is an attempt to malign me and harm my game.”)
According to ABP News, Jahan said that she found Shami's phone, gifted to him by his IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils in 2014, hidden in his car and then discovered the chats on the phone.
Jahan also said that Shami and his family members had been torturing her for more than two years and had threatened to kill her.
"Everyone in their family used to torture me. His mother and brother used to abuse me. The tortures continued till 2-3 am in the morning. They even wanted to kill me," she alleged.
"He even abused me and started beating me. All this continued after he returned from South Africa. He has been doing this for quite some time now and now I have had enough," she said.
"I gave him enough time (to rectify himself) and tried to calm myself down but instead of accepting his own mistakes, he used to vent his anger on me and even threaten me, asking to keep mum for my own goodwill," she added.
Jahan's lawyer Zakir Hussain said she was still hoping Shami would change before taking any legal action.
"She is giving it some time. So we will wait a bit before taking any legal action," Hussain told IANS over phone.
The Facebook account from which the allegations were initially made has since been deactivated. Shami is currently playing in the Deodhar Trophy for India 'A'. Shami was a vital cog in India's historic victory in Johannesburg, returning with a five-wicket haul.
With inputs from IANS