- Mohammed Shami likely to be cleared for IPL 2018 by the BCCI
- Shami has been embroiled in controversies surrounding his personal life in recent weeks
- Shami’s wife has accused him of domestic abuse, adultery and match-fixing
The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has cleared the decks for pacer Mohammed Shami’s participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite the allegations, which include serious charges like domestic abuse and extra-marital affairs, leveled on him by his wife, Shami is all set to get a green signal to represent the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018.
BCCI has put Mohammed Shami’s Team India contract on hold
It must be noted here that the BCCI had put Bengal pacer’s annual retainer contract on hold, while announcing the revised salary structures for national players earlier this month. The news of him being cleared to play in the IPL is likely to come as a major sigh of relief for the embattled Shami, who is going through great turbulence in his personal life.
In startling revelations against the 28-year-old, Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan had earlier accused him with allegations of domestic violence, attempt to murder, match fixing and adultery. The India pacer has been subjected to constant media trials since then and has even had to clear his position in several interviews to news channels across the country.
While his personal issues will some settling, Shami is all set to be in the cricketing scheme of things once again. The IPL Governing Council, which met on Friday (March 16), took the decision of clearing Shami to play in India’s lucrative domestic T20 league next month.
“We have principally agreed to allow Shami to play in the IPL. We felt that whatever is happening in his personal life should not have any bearing on his professional career. He is an exceptional cricketer. He will play eventually,” a top BCCI official told mid-day.
Meanwhile, the Vinod Rai-headed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has taken the call to initiate an inquiry into the match-fixing allegations leveled by the Team India pacer’s wife. An official decision regarding the same will be taken after the Anti-Corruption Unit presents a report in a week’s time.
“We will go as per the outcome of the ACU report,” said IPL chief Rajeev Shukla.
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