The troubles of Indian fast-bowler Mohammad Shami are increasing day by day. In addition to the grave charges levied by his wife of infidelity and domestic violence, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) instructed BCCI to probe corruption allegations against the cricketer.
Vinod Rai, the chief of the Supreme Court-appointed CoA wrote to the Anti-Corruption Unit head Neeraj Kumar to investigate the charges of possible match-fixing made by Mohammad Shami’s wife. The e-mail, a copy of which is with the Times of India newspaper, has also been marked to all BCCI office-bearers and CEO, Rahul Johri.
In the leaked telephone conversation between the tainted bowler and his wife, Haseen Jahan alleged that his husband accepted money from a Pakistani lady named Alisba under the influence of an England-based businessman Mohammed Bhai.
CoA chief Vinod Rai in his email, clearly stated that the corruption-based investigation should be focussed on the parts where the Shami’s acceptance of money from a Pakistani woman is concerned.
Rai in his mail writes, “This has reference to the various media reports pertaining to allegations against Shami. The CoA has listened to the audio recording of a telephonic conversation which it is claimed is between Shami and his wife. The said audio recording is available in public domain. The CoA is concerned only with such portion of the said audio recording in which the person who it is claimed is Shami is heard saying another person by the name of “Mohammed Bhai” had sent money to Shami through a Pakistani lady by the name of “Alisba.”
Taking action on the complaint filed by Jahan, the Kolkata Police have already charged the Indian cricketer with sections of the Indian Penal Code related to domestic violence, criminal intimidation and causing hurt with poison.
The COA has issued a seven-day deadline to the ACU since Shami’s central contract has been withheld. The IPL Governing Council will also contemplate regarding the inclusion of Shami in the league after the Delhi Daredevils insisted BCCI’s directive.