Mohammed Shami not handed contract by BCCI after allegations of domestic violence and infidelity raised by his wife

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami's central contract was withheld by the BCCI after his wife accused him of domestic violence and adultery, charges that were denied by the cricketer.

PTI, March 08, 2018

New Delhi: Indian pacer Mohammed Shami's central contract was withheld by the BCCI after his wife accused him of domestic violence and adultery, charges that were denied by the cricketer.

Shami's name was not there in the list of 26 contracted players released by the BCCI despite his starring role in India's only Test win in the recent tour of South Africa. The in-form Shami claimed a career-best 5/28 in the second innings of the match.

This led to speculation about the reasons for his omission and a top BCCI official told PTI that the Board has held back his name owing to the charges levelled by his wife Hasin Jahan.

Mohammed Shami and his wife Hasin Jahan. Image courtesy: Facebook @CircleofCricket.MDShami

Mohammed Shami and his wife Hasin Jahan. Image courtesy: Facebook @CircleofCricket.MDShami

"The BCCI has taken cognisance of all the reports emerging about Mohammed Shami's personal life. It is purely a personal matter and the BCCI has nothing to do with it. However, keeping in mind that the woman in question has met the police commissioner of Kolkata, it is only prudent on BCCI's part to wait for any official inquiry to take place," the official said.

"Hence Mohammed Shami's name, for the time being, has been withheld from the central contracts that were announced on Wednesday.

We would like to reiterate this decision has nothing to do with Shami's merit as a player but it is a safeguard in the prevailing circumstances," he added.

It is learnt that the BCCI is wary of its image taking a beating if the allegations against Shami turn out to be true.

Jahan has accused Shami of domestic violence and adultery in social media posts but the bowler has rebutted the claims, calling them "lies". Jahan has, however, still not sought a divorce from the 27-year-old.

Shami has played 30 Tests for India, claiming 110 wickets so far. The injury-prone bowler has also appeared in 50 ODIs and seven Twenty20 Internationals, picking up 91 and eight wickets respectively.

The cricketer from Uttar Pradesh, who plays for Bengal, was recently in spotlight when he was subjected to abuse on social media for posting pictures with Jahan. Trolls had called Jahan's outfits in the photos inappropriate.

Shami got married to Jahan in 2014 and has a daughter named Aaira Shami.

In and out of the team due to fitness and form issues, the pacer from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh witnessed some tough times since he lost his father Tousif Ali on 26 January last year due to heart attack.

Updated Date: Mar 08, 2018





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3 Australia 3499 106
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2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
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2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
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