New Delhi, March 16: Is Mohammed Shami’s cricket career over? Will be feature in the Indian Premier League’s eleventh edition starting April 8? Answer to all such questions will depend on the report of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Anti-Corruption Unit which is probing corruption allegation against the fast bowler.
Shami, who is facing turbulent times in his personal life, has been accused of match-fixing. The pacer’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan, who accused him of torturing and having extra-marital affairs, had also claimed that her husband took money for match-fixing from a Pakistani girl. (Also Read: Mohammed Shami is Big Flirt, Will Not Divorce Him Till My Last Breath And Drag Him to Court, Says Wife Hasin Jahan)
Taking serious note of the sensational allegation, Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) directed the BCCI to carry out an investigation into the matter. The investigation report is due in a week.
“We will wait for anti-corruption unit’s report on Mohammed Shami before deciding anything. We hope the report will come in a week,” BCCI Acting President, CK Khanna said. “We will wait for anti-corruption unit’s report,” Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla said.
Hasin Jahan had released an alleged recording of her telephonic conversation with the pacer during which Shami rejected the accusations of adultery and claimed that he met a woman named Alisba in Dubai who was supposed to give him money sent by a certain Mohammed Bhai from the UK. Following the controversy the BCCI denied Shami a contract.
Shami, on his part, has rubbished all allegations against him made by Hasin Jahan. Shami had told the media that he was ready to face any probe and if found guilty should be hanged.
The 27-year-old right-hand fast bowler was a vital cog in India’s recent historic victory against South Africa in Johannesburg, returning with a five-wicket haul. Shami has played 30 Test matches for India taking 110 wickets. In 50 ODIs, he has 91 wickets with 4/35 his best performance.